Mark Pendlington DL, former High Sheriff of Suffolk, concluded his tenure last week having raised over £75,000 for Suffolk.

The culmination of the outstanding efforts of his events and fundraising team was marked by two events that were a first for Suffolk: The High Sheriff of Suffolk’s Command Performance and the Legacy Online Auction, in association with Birketts LLP.  

East Anglian Daily Times: The High Sheriff Command Performance 2024 hosted by Angela RipponThe High Sheriff Command Performance 2024 hosted by Angela Rippon (Image: Tom Soper Photography)

The High Sheriff of Suffolk’s Command Performance on March 20, hosted by national treasure and Strictly Come Dancing Star, Angela Rippon CBE, raised over £55,000 for both the High Sheriff’s Fund managed by the Suffolk Community Foundation and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

The Legacy Online Auction, which ran from March 14-24, contributed nearly £20,000 to the total. All 23 lots were generously donated, and no selling fees were incurred so every penny raised directly benefited the High Sheriff’s Fund, managed by the Suffolk Community Foundation. 

Mark Pendlington DL said: "I am so deeply grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from across Suffolk and beyond.

"This amazing generosity allows us to shine a spotlight on what is so special about our county, but also on the many challenges we face.

"Practical help and support can be directed to those who need and deserve it the most as we continue to bring all generations and communities together to ensure no-one is left behind.

"The greatest privilege of being High Sheriff is to help bring people together from all walks of life for the good of Suffolk and I was truly humbled and inspired by their selfless kindness and generosity.”  

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive, Suffolk Community Foundation thanked Mark for his year's tenure. “Charities across Suffolk are working tirelessly to support people in our communities. The money will enable them to continue their vital work," she said. 

Money raised will be used directly to fund local projects tackling bullying, homelessness, anti-social behaviour, knife crime, drug and alcohol abuse. 

Sponsors included Birketts LLP, Abbeygate Wealth Management, Chassis Cab, SunEnviro and SMART Modular Buildings. 

For more about the auction hosted by Lacy Scott & Knight and, visit