The auction featured more than 220 highly collectable items of memorabilia, artworks and experiences, attracting bids from around the world.
SMART, the leading Suffolk manufacturer of garden rooms, offices & studios wanted to play their part in this fantastic and worthwhile event by donating a garden room to the value of £8,000. SMART managing director, Matt Moss said:
“Helping the most vulnerable children and young adults in our own region gives us a real sense of achievement, it was an honour to have played our part in this great initiative.”
When asked what made them decide to support the auction, Victoria replied
“It is such a good cause and had a great variety of lots that appealed to all budgets”.
She went on to explain “We were planning to add a garden studio and having researched SMART, thought why not! We get to purchase something we needed and the charity benefits from SMARTS generosity. A win win!”
Victoria and Ross were soon visiting the SMART showroom to finalise the details of their win, and despite liking the Key Studio that had been placed in the auction, they quickly fell in love with the Affinity range instead and decided to upgrade their win, opting to have a 2.6m x 2.6m Affinity with a 2m canopy installed instead.
Here we can see the base going down and the install taking place. After just 4 days, this stunning Affinity was ready for use.
Victoria has quickly taken over the garden room by creating her very own garden gym and explains here what difference it has made to them;
“Huge, such a flexible space as it can be an office or gym for me having added the CAT6 cable. Being outdoors to exercise is a huge benefit and we can sit out comfortably under the canopy even when the weather is typically British!”
All of their family and friends also love their garden studio. They have been really impressed with the design and can see how much Victoria and Ross are enjoying it. They loved following the build process from the ground screws through to completion.
When asked how they would rate their experience with SMART, Victoria confirmed;
“Excellent, so helpful, no hard sakes push and honest inclusive pricing for a fabulous product”.
The auction raised an incredible and life-changing £506,000 and will be used to help GeeWizz children’s charity and Zest (St Elizabeth Hospice) to fund two vital projects supporting children, teenagers and young people across East Anglia with special educational needs, high dependency disabilities, life-limiting illness and cancer.
Everyone at SMART was delighted that the garden room lot attracted the tenth highest bid by monetary value out of the 200-plus lots.
Gina Long, founder of Geewizz, praised SMART for its generous support:
“We are so grateful to Matt Moss and all at SMART Garden Offices for donating a garden room, and to Victoria and Ross for participating in the auction. On behalf of GeeWizz and our co-beneficiary Zest (part of St Elizabeth Hospice), I would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to them all for their invaluable support in helping us to deliver two vital, life-changing legacy projects, which will help to change many lives”.
If you too would like to create more usable space in your garden then check out our other unique ranges which make perfect garden gyms and can also be used as; offices, art studios, hobby rooms, stylish studios, or just as somewhere to relax and get away from it all.
If you would like to know more about our quality garden gyms, you can get in touch with us by following this link and filling in the online form. We also offer a 50-page catalogue which is packed full of inspiration and ideas, and no-obligation site consultations – both of which are free.
Everything was clearly explained and we are very happy with our office. We feel we made the right choice picking Smart Garden Offices, many thanks
Excellent service, great team, can highly recommend all aspects of SMART – they do what it says on the tin and the product is superb
“A fantastic experience from start to finish, a wonderful addition to our home! A lovely touch from the electrician; leaving a note to say how you hope we enjoy the office as much as you have enjoyed building it – little details like this just made it a pleasure. Never expected in a million years that it would run so smoothly but it’s been like silk for us. Thank you.”M Gardner, Bradford
“Your guys have done an outstanding job and I am so delighted with the end product. The appearance, finish and size of the Trio is everything I wanted and some more. But there is something else. Your guys Tony and Rob were excellent. Efficient, knowledgable guys who knew what they were doing and who did not waste a second doing it. And they were tidy workers too who were sensitive to the surroundings and neighbours. They were a credit to you and Smart Offices. So this is a big thank you from someone looking at their new office and who is really happy with the result and what Smart have done.”
hursday was a blur but Tony and Arris were fantastic on both days!! The office was gone by 2pm on the Wednesday and back up by 1pm on the Thursday. They just got on with it and made the whole thing stress free so thank you all so much for all your help – I am so very grateful..
Your service was excellent from concept to build; you could not have been more helpful. The build itself was breathtaking in it’s organisation and execution and nothing was too much trouble for your installation team; they were helpful and knowledgeable throughout – even fitting water butts at very short notice for us. When we had a small issue with the door adjustment you went out of your way to get someone to us as soon as possible. I can’t fault your after-care service.
“We were really impressed with the professionalism of the whole process right from the initial site survey and design through to the actual build. There is clearly a Smart solution for virtually any situation and it is great to gain a brand new space which is both functional and aesthetically pleasing! We would certainly have another one if we ever moved house and wanted to create extra room. Tony and Rob’s workmanship was a joy to watch!”
“The team, all of whom have been most pleasant to have around, have now finished and we are absolutely delighted. The building does look ‘smart’ and the whole job has been carried out with maximum efficiency.”
“The office is now part of the furniture and is great. I am 100% glad that I did it and went with you guys.”
“If it means anything (and I’m sure it does) we believe that getting the office (and especially the Trio) rather than fighting inside the house was absolutely the right thing to do.”
“Keith and I are very impressed with Charlie, his installers and his products and recommend Smart Garden offices unhesitatingly”
“The office is fantastic and exceeds expectations.”
“It’s a pleasure doing business with people who do what they say, on time, professionally, and with no fuss. The building is perfect for my needs.”
“We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone.”
“I have worked right through this dreadful winter, and thanks to the brilliant insulation, remained warm and snug using only a small, economic halogen heater. My office is cosier than the house!”
“First of all, I love the new office. May I say what a great job the guys did on the build. Hard working and extremely pleasant, particularly considering the rotten weather yesterday.”
“We’re delighted by our very ‘Smart’ Garden Office. “