The Sloop Charity Auction


A well-loved St Ives pub has raised over £1500 for a vital charity in the town.

The Sloop Inn in St Ives has raised £1660 for St Ives Surf Life Saving Club through its Home Harvest Auction.

The event took place on the evening of Thursday October 18th, with auction lots including: a 2-night luxury getaway for two, a boat charter, dining experiences, original artworks, speciality spirits, wines and beer, a range of produce hampers and even a 12-month discount card for food and drink at The Sloop Inn.

Auctioneer, Paul Le Bas from Miller and Son, led the bidding, racing through over 22 lots, with a weekend break at Rick Stein’s in Padstow, kindly donated by The Sloop, raising £730 – the highest value lot on the night. 

Both locals and visitors took part in the bidding, with one phone bidder calling in from as far a-field as Portugal! 

Greg Hill, General Manager of The Sloop said:

“Our Home Harvest Auction was a huge success, thanks to all of our clients and associates that donated such fantastic prizes, and everyone who came along to bid on the night. St Ives Surf Life Saving Club is enjoyed by many families in the town – building friendships and keeping members active. But the charity also helps to save lives. We live in a beautiful part of the country, surrounded by the sea – St Ives Surf Life Saving Club assists our current lifeguards and trains our lifeguards of the future, keeping visitors and locals safe in the water. We are proud to be able to support this.”

Christine Simson, member of St Ives Surf Life Saving Club Management Committee said:

“We were delighted to be chosen by The Sloop Inn as the benefitting charity from their Home Harvest event. £1660 is a huge amount to raise and we are extremely grateful to The Sloop for organising the fundraiser, and to all of their contacts that donated such wonderful prizes. We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along to the event for bidding and showing their support of our charity.”

St Ives Surf Life Saving Club needs to raise over £30,000 each year and is arguably the second largest Surf Life Saving Club in Cornwall; its membership totals over 200 people, with 150 in its ‘Nippers’ age group alone – one of the largest Nippers groups in the county.

From May – September the Club meets on the West side of Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, with regular training sessions for different ages on different evenings; whilst in the winter months, the club trains at St Ives Pool.  

For more information about St Ives Surf Life Saving Club, visit the website at 

PHOTO: Please find attached a photo of (from left to right) – Greg Hill, General Manager of The Sloop with Christine Simson member of St Ives Surf Life Saving Club Management Committee. Alternatives and higher res available on request.