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Bovis Lend Lease charity event raises over £16k on Silent Auction

The annual Bovis Lend Lease ‘Guvnor’s Club’ charity event went well again this year. AVD’s involvement, now in its 3rd year, is to supply the Silent Auction service ‘txt bay’. This year the silent auction raised over £16,000! An excellent result for the charities supported.

Our silent auction service ‘txt bay’ allows guests to bid on items using their own mobile phones from the comfort of their table. This means there is no expensive keypads to manage or hire so allowing more of money raised to go to the charities rather than on equipment hire. The lot items status is updated on screens around the room to increase bid cycles and revenue.

Bovis’s repeat business is testament to it effectiveness and it has now been used by their London charity dinner. Contact us for more details.



Silent Auction exceeds expectation

Recently AVD were proud to provide a Silent Auction service to the Water & Waves Gala Dinner supporting the Seaman’s Mission and Air-Sea Rescue Trust. The service enabled guests to text bids, using their mobile phones, during the dinner. The bids were updated live on screens, increasing competition for items so pushing up the prices and generating more funds.  The Silent Auction raised 25% more than expected and at a fraction of the cost compared to a keypad based service.

Bid Screen

Bids are clearly displayed on screens

Traditionally Silent Auctions were run using pen and paper and more recently keypad based systems provided a convenient solution but at greater expense.  However using our service the Water & Waves Silent Auction enjoyed the convenience of keypads but minus the cost and headaches of managing expensive equipment. See here for more details

Tech monitors

Our technician monitors and updates the bids

This year we anticipate increasing demand for this service as charities seek to reduce costs and increase revenues.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we could assist you to do just that at your next event!

Silent Auction adds to CHAS total

AV Department Ltd provided silent auction services to CHAS’s & The Scottish Sun’s Miss Scotland Tiara Ball and Auction. The glamorous star-studded evening held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel was hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh and raised a fantastic total of £70,000

Tiara Ball

Guests bid on displayied lots using their mobile phones

Just 8 lots in the silent auction contributed a very healthy £4,531.00 to the evening’s total.

AVD advised on the introduction of the silent auction and on how to bid together with AVD’s extensive FAQ on the service this allowed the client to produce clear instructions for the Lot catalogue.

During the dinner, guests (using their own mobile phones) texted their bids to a 5 digit short code text number ‘80010’ the text bid followed the format of the lot number ‘Lot5’ followed by the bid value and, if required, an identifying name. If a name is not provided the last 4 digits of the sending number are displayed ‘…7662’.  The received bids are then displayed via a moderated display.

All submitted bids were confirmed by a reply txt thanking the bidder for their support and giving further contact details.

The key advantages over paper based auctions are:- No need to leave your table to bid, No bits of paper to collect, Fast bidding process, Time stamped bid tracking, Bid confirmations. The advantages over keypad based auctions are:- No proprietary keypads are needed, Always the correct number of handsets available, Greatly reduced costs, Multiple cost and service options available.

CHAS hope to use the technology again in future events.

“Thank you so much for everything on Saturday you were fantastic, the whole team felt you were very professional and did a brilliant job.”

Criona Tate, Corporate and Events Fundraiser


The evening raised £70,000 for CHAS



CHAS choose Deletext for silent auction!

Children's Hospice Association Scotland

Children's Hospice Association Scotland

The hot ticket for 2011 is the Scottish Sun’s Miss Scotland Tiara Ball on Saturday 14 May 2011. This glamorous star-studded evening at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel will be hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh.

Nicola has set Scottish Sun readers the challenge to raise a staggering £100,000 for CHAS with the ball and fundraising events.

To get your ticket for the Tiara Ball, priced £1,000 for a table of ten, contact CHAS on 0141 779 6180

Miss Scotland Tiara Appeal

Miss Scotland Tiara Appeal

As well as the Silent auction the ticket price includes:

* Celebrity guests
* Champagne reception
* Three course meal
* Entertainment
* Music from a headline act to be announced
* A host of fundraising activities
* Dancing until late

The money raised will fund a new space for teenagers and young adults to enjoy at Rachel House where the space originally designed for teenagers no longer meets the needs of young adults staying at the hospice. Nicola has chosen to support CHAS as her two cousins use Robin House and she has seen first hand the difference CHAS makes to the lives of children, young adults and their families who use our services.

The Deletext silent auction service ‘txtbay’ allows guests to bid on lots via their own mobile phones from the comfort of their table amongst friends. Displays show the guests their bid status and the process increases the number of bid cycles a lot goes through before being sold so rasing more money for CHAS. For more information on Deletext call 01383 825709 or click here


AVD now offer an early payment deal which can see our already competitive pricing further reduced by 10% when paying a 100% deposit. In this day of reduced income and tightened budgets the charity sector is hard hit, but charities generally have a … Continue reading