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Posted by Kate, May 21, 2010

Bright Agency auction of illustrations in aid of Kids Company

Yesterday, Kate and Camilla went to The Bright Group auction of illustrations in aid of Kids Company (though the website seems to have malware problems as Kate writes this) whose charismatic founder and director, Camila Batmanghelidjh is pictured here at the event at the Kids Company HQ in Southwark.

Original artwork donated by artists including Oliver Jeffers and Sue Hendra went under the hammer with all proceeds going Kids Company. There were other pieces of artwork for sale too, that weren’t part of the auction. Kate bought a little picture of three crocodiles by Emily Bolam whose work she published when she was at Macmillan Children’s Books. Oh, and there was a raffle. As Kate’s (Scottish) grandmother would say when lamenting that others had not shared her good fortune in attending a fun social event, “You fair missed yersel’”

It turns out that the Bright Group is working with Kids Company in other ways too: they’ve had someone that Kids Company is supporting in their offices doing work experience for 9 months, and are now working with employment agencies to help get this person paid employment.

Throughout the evening, Kate had a box of big opals stashed in her bag, which was nerveracking. We’re having a bracelet made that will be as much like the bracelet in Small Blue Thing as the jeweller – who also designs jewellery for Vivienne Westwood – can make it. We’ll photograph the bracelet for the cover of Small Blue Thing, and then we are going to offer the bracelet as a prize in a readers’ competition. Sue Ransom was in the office earlier yesterday evening to help us choose the stone. And all the opals were back with the jeweller by 8.00 this morning. Phew.