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A group of 12 indies who put themselves up for auction raised so much money for charity the exercise will be repeated next year with a twist.

Retailers including Shane Thakrar, head of business development for HKS Retail, and Simply Fresh retailer Mehmet Guzel offered their services for a day in an auction that closed on 1 May.

It raised nearly £11,000 for the Retail Trust, the Nepal earthquake and Sienna Elizabeth Riley - a girl with neuroblastoma and cardiomyopathy.

Susan Connolly, business development manager of the Connolly Group of four Spar stores, said: “We are planning further auctions next year along the same theme but it will be suppliers up for auction and retailers will bid.”