Grace under pressure
A GREAT-grandmother from Raceview is continuing her fundraising mission to support children in hospital.
Grace Jenkyn has been raising money for charities for more than a decade and now she is gearing up to hold her iconic Christmas Cent Auction next month.
The proceeds will go towards the Sunshine Children's Ward at Ipswich Hospital.
"This year we are set for our biggest one yet, with over 400 different prizes on offer, including cooking appliances, home gym equipment and camping sets, amongst 40 different vouchers for meals and other local services," Mrs Jenkyn said.
She and her husband Richard Jenkyn have been selling tickets around Ipswich for the auction.
"Me and my husband, we work Thursday, Friday and Saturday then sell tickets four days a week," she said.
The Christmas event is just one of four auctions she runs each year.
"But this year we left the one in September to have a big one in December," she said.
Mrs Jenkyn might work three days but this extraordinary woman does not put her feet up.
She spends most of her time helping to look after her 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The auction promises to be a family affair, with Mrs Jenkyn's grandchildren Grace, Sophie and Declan helping out.
"They'll be runners for the prizes. They'll hold them up and then run them to the person when they win.
"And three-year-old Kaylee will get up and sing," Mrs Jenkyn said.
Ipswich Hospital Foundation chief executive officer Tom Yates said Mrs Jenkyn inspired many in the Ipswich community.
"A lot of smaller businesses get involved because they can't afford to make big donations to the hospital, but they can afford to donate something for this," Mr Yates said.
He said the money raised would go towards upgrading the children's ward.
"We're looking to put the money towards TVs, playground equipment and school upgrades, and some nice reclining beds for parents," he said.
The auction will be held on December 3 at Raceview State School Hall from 6pm, with a book of 50 tickets costing $10.