Poor student auction at Norwich college raises £40,000

A Norfolk college's auction to raise money for its poorest students has made £40,000 - nearly three times its estimate.

The charity auction and dinner at City College Norwich on Friday was expected to raise £15,000 for the college's Student New Opportunities Fund.

After £20,000 was received on the night, the total was then doubled out of the college's coffers.

"The response has been incredible," said college principal Dick Palmer.

Corporate box

"The generosity of our governors in matching the amount raised is a fantastic gesture which means even more young people will be supported to succeed," he added.

The auction was the second one to take place at the college, on Ipswich Road, since its student charity was set up in 2007.

Hotly contested items included a corporate box at next season's Norwich City v Liverpool game which fetched £840.

The charity gives the college's poorest pupils up to £400 to spend on college costs, including transport and equipment.

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