African artefacts auction raises close to £300
1:01pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
THE recent charity sale of a 15-year collection of ethnic African mementoes by a Penarth aid worker has been hailed a “real success”, writes Gareth Ellis.
Penarth pensioner James Radford sold off the travel souvenirs to help Ty Hafan, based in Sully, and raised an estimated £275.
The rare collectables and vintage antiques were put up for sale by the 78-year-old former local furniture retailer with help from Llandough auctioneers Rogers Jones, who donated their services for free.
Mr Radford said around forty items were sold in five lots, with extra funds raised by the sale of catalogues containing information about the items which included carved figures and masks of Massai warriors, and a decorative carved hardwood sword stick.
Mr Radford first visited Africa shortly after retiring at the age of 56 and supported various charitable causes, helping raise money for a boy born without kneecaps to walk, and fund an orphanage.
The cheque will be presented to Ty Hafan by Mr Radford in the coming days.