An annual auction of racing pigeons has raised over £12,000 this year for Rainbow House, the
Mawdesley based conductive education charity. Organisers Kenny Burns and Helen Barron from
Lostock Hall, Preston recently visited Rainbow House to present the cheque and see some of the
children and parents who benefit from the conductive education programme. They are pictured
with Katie and Kyla.
Kenny and Helen first started to support the charity five years ago and they have raised over £52,000.
The Rainbow House Pigeon Auction is held over 10 days each year and this year there were
89 lots. It starts with Kenny contacting pigeon breeders all over the country who donate the
birds. Details of the auction and pedigree of the birds are then advertised in the British Homing World
and the bids are placed by phone. Kenny and Helen are assisted by friends, Dave Atkins from Lincoln
and Gary McCauley from Newcastle who help to take the calls and monitor the bids.
Kenny said, “It gets very hectic around the close of the auction with the phones ringing non-stop but
it is exciting and, with the generosity of the pigeon breeders all over the country, we are delighted that
we have been able to raise significant funds for Rainbow House which is such a worthy cause.”
Carole Cochrane, CEO at Rainbow House said, “Kenny and Helen are great supporters of Rainbow House
and their time and efforts are very much appreciated. Over the years they have raised a fantastic amount
and we cannot thank them enough. I never realised how much work went into these auctions – it has
certainly opened my eyes about racing pigeons!”