Celebrity chef Dinner & Auction to raise money for prosthetic limbs for inspirational Alex Lewis

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On November 17th, Alex Lewis collapsed and was rushed to Winchester ICU. He is 33 years old with a partner and son of 3 years old. His only symptom leading up to this was a cold. Within a few hours of his collapse, his vital organs were being supported mechanically, his blood forced around his body with nora adrenalin and his chances of survival; given by the consultants for the first 3 days was less than 5%. He had contracted Strep A. For most of us this would be nothing more than a sore throat. For Alex it took a more sinister path to Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome, a very rare and devastating infection.

After 7 days in ICU he beat the odds and was removed from all but the dialysis machine. The next devastating news to Alex and his family was that the illness had left lasting damage. In the following weeks he became a quadruple amputee, He is undergoing skin graphs and facial reconstruction and his hospital stay continues for many months to come as Alex begins his long journey to rehabilitation to learn to walk and use his limbs.

This online auction is open for bidding now and at any time up to midday on Saturday 28th February 2015.  The leading bid on each auction lot at that time will be carried over to the auction at the charity dinner on 1st March.  If proxy bids are placed (the highest amount you are prepared to bid to secure the item) these will also be carried over to the auction at the dinner.  Highest bidders will be informed by email shortly after the close of the online auction and winning bidders will be contacted after the 1st March dinner.


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£ 280
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Bread Making course for 10 with John Campbell
£ 240
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Rolls-Royce factory tour at Goodwood
£ 850
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5* Lough Erne Resort. 2 nights , dinner, golf (4)
£ 1,325
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A Week in Stunning St Jean Cap Ferrat, France
£ 250
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Lunch or dinner for 4 with wine at The Woodspeen
£ 45
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James Martin Latte Mug Set
£ 770
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A one to one Cooking Lesson with Tony Singh
£ 240
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2 Tickets for the Charity Dinner at Chewton Glen
£ 105
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Testwood Trout Fishery Hampshire (Two people )
£ 420
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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Dinner & Wine for 2
£ 250
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Hotel Du Vin winchester, Dinner, bed and breakfast
£ 200
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Fantastic day shooting in Hampshire
£ 490
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Holiday for 2 adults on a Britannia 2-night cruise
£ 420
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A Rolls-Royce for the weekend
£ 50
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£50 Dinner voucher, The Corner House Winchester
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