Olympian Dai Greene auctioned pumpkins for Young Epilepsy at Budgens of Bruton
OLYMPIC superstar Dai Greene has auctioned off a personally-carved pumpkin for charity at Budgens of Bruton.
After an exciting auction, the highest bidders won Dai’s freshly carved pumpkin for £30.
His girlfriend, Sian, was closely behind with a winning bid of £25.
Inspired by the pumpkin giveaway, customers pledged an extra £50 giving a grand total of £105, which was donated to Young Epilepsy – helping to give a better future to children and young people with epilepsy.
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Dai is current Commonwealth and World Champion for the 400m hurdles.
He was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 17 and is an ambassador for Young Epilepsy.
He said: “I was delighted to be asked by my local Budgens store to carve a pumpkin for a charity close to my heart.
“Having a pumpkin auction in store is such a fun way to raise money for charity and it’s great for the local community.
“Fresh pumpkins are very popular this year and I was glad to be involved with Sian doing something during the Halloween season for a good cause.”
Budgens of Bruton was full of local fans that went along just to see Dai and Sian in action.
They were joined by the store manager, Bernard Strong, who assisted with the auction.
Mr Strong said: “We sell hundreds of pumpkins for the Halloween Season and it’s great to see how excited the children get when they leave the store with their pumpkin ready for carving
“Having the support of an international star like Dai to help us raise the profile of these good causes in our own community is fantastic.
“We are very committed to charity fundraising and always pleasantly surprised by the support we get from our customers and store team on these occasions. Young Epilepsy is a charity that is very close to my own heart and I’m really grateful to Dai for coming along to help make it a fun day for everyone.”