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Twins returning to NHS frontline inspire charity auction for Royal Surrey

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Twins returning to NHS frontline inspire charity auction for Royal Surrey

Published at 9:42am 7th May 2020.

Twin sisters who have returned to work on the frontline of the NHS have inspired a charity auction that will benefit Guildford's Royal Surrey. 

Ewbank’s Auctioneers have organised the fundraiser to support local hospitals and businesses. 

The charity was inspired by a staff member's wife who was returning to work as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner in Intensive Care at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, after maternity leave, 

Alastair McCrea heads the auction house’s Entertainment and Sporting Memorabilia department and he is now staying home with his 9-month-old son Joshua while Caroline returns to the NHS. 

Joining Caroline in ICU  was her twin sister, Francesca, a doctor who was also returning from maternity leave after giving birth to daughter Willow the day before Joshua was born.

Alistair saidit has been an intense experience for the twin sisters - especially the impact of wearing protective clothing and masks: 

“After Caroline’s first shift on April 2, she came home shell shocked at the level of patients coming into the hospital and just how sick they are.

"With both our parents in the vulnerable /elderly category and lack of nurseries available this is a tough time for us.”

"[PPE] effectively removes the human element of nursing and care as the only personal contact is via the eyes.

"This is particularly striking because the patients are not able to have any contact with their loved ones during this time.”

Alistair explained it was not an easy decision for the sisters to return to work on the COVID-19 frontline with babies at home but Caroline and Francessca did not hesitate because ' they have a strong sense of duty'.

He said he could not be more proud of them.

Alastair decided he wanted to support Caroline and Francesca by raising money through a charity auction for Queen Alexandra and for the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford, where Joshua was born and near where the auction house is based.

He explained why he asked people to donate experiences rather than objects with pledges including hotel breaks and restaurant meals: 

"I also want to support businesses where possible to help them get back on their feet after all of this, and I think it would be nice for people in lockdown to have an outing to look forward to.”

“We also have free tickets for the Guildford Flames ice hockey, signed football shirts from Fulham and Cardiff City Football clubs, as well as a selection of exclusive artworks and tickets for this year’s panto in Portsmouth,”

Ewbank’s Rainbow Charity Auction will run from Friday, 8 May until the end of Monday 18 May.

There will be no selling or buying fees and the entire proceeds will be split 50/50 between Queen Alexandra Hospital and the Royal Surrey. 

If you want to donate, contact Alastair by today (7 May) with the details of the pledge or voucher at Alastair@ewbankauctions.co.uk.

The auction will be live on the Ewbank’s Auctions website.