Guild of Jewellery Designers Gives Tilly A Hand

Organisation auctions off rough diamond pendant to help little girl.

The Guild of Jewellery Designers will be auctioning a 5.69 carat rough diamond pendant to help raise money for a little girl who lost her hands through meningitis.

The auction will coincide with the Tilly Lockey Diamond Ball on
September 25, 2010. There will be no reserve price and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the ‘Give Tilly A Hand’ appeal. The diamond for the pendant was donated by UK Titanium and Black Zirconium ring manufacturers GETi.

Tilly caught Meningococcal Septicaemia when she was 17 months old and, despite being rushed to hospital, lost both her toes and hands to the disease.

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The little girl has gradually become accustomed to using mechanical replacements, but as she is growing rapidly and the prosthetic hands cost £20,000 a pair, an appeal was set up in order to raise the required money.

A Grand Auction will take place at the ball this month, with a number of jewellers, such as Linda Buckley, reportedly contributing pieces.

The night will also include a champagne reception, a three course meal and fundraising games, such as ‘pick a diamond’ and ‘heads & tails to win a diamond.’

Tickets cost £90. A table for 12 can be booked for £960.

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