A CHARITY auction received an unexpected surprise from Isle of Wight Festival organiser John Giddings, helping it to raise thousands of pounds.
The Folly Inn at Whippingham was holding a fundraising auction for Macmillan Cancer Support when Mr Giddings, who was visiting the pub with his wife Caroline, at the time, made a spur of the moment decision to donate two pairs of VIP tickets.
The surprise donation boosted the money raised for the charity to an incredible £2,000.
Pub manager Andy Greenwood said: "We couldn’t believe it. Initially John offered us a pair of tickets, which had the interest of two people bidding against each other.
"When it became a stalemate, we were thrilled when John then upped his offer to two pairs of tickets. This meant both bidders were able to go to the festival and we were able to double the donation, which was just fantastic."
The pub ran a number of fundraising events including a quiz, raffle and, over the festive season, a Santa’s grotto.
Andy, who has managed the pub with wife Cheryl for 17 years, added: "We never expected to raise so much money and we really couldn’t have done it without John’s generosity, so we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to him and everyone who donated money.
"The team really threw themselves behind this fundraiser."