Jahmene Douglas auctions off his hand-carved pumpkin for charity at Budgens in Faringdon

Wednesday 30th October 2013                        

Yesterday Swindon-raised singer and X-Factor Finalist Jahmene Douglas auctioned off a pumpkin freshly carved by himself, in the name of charity at the Budgens of Faringdon store, raising money for the local Pump House Project Charity and Women’s Aid.

After an exciting auction with over a hundred people attending, raffle tickets were put into a large bucket in which Jahmene randomly picked the winner to be gifted with his personalised pumpkin. Huge crowds were blocking the entrance of the store and several photos were taken of Jahmene with his loyal fans next to the display of fresh pumpkins in-store.

Budgens of Faringdon was full of local children who are enjoying their half term and teenage girls queuing for Jahmene’s autograph during the auction.  He was joined by his agent and Marketing Manager, Lucy Worrall who assisted him with the auction.

 Budgens of Faringdon Store Owner, Simon Tiensa comments on the pumpkin season:  “Every year we sell hundreds of fresh pumpkins, and we love watching the kids’ excited faces as they leave the store, ready to get carving.”

With regards to the Halloween auction and having a local star in store, Simon said: “It’s also nice to give something back to the local community, so we’re really grateful to Jahmene for coming along all the way from London and helping us to create excitement for shoppers-  as well as raise money for charity.”

Jahmene Douglas, young X-Factor finalist was delighted to join Budgens of Faringdon and commented on the outcome of the auction: “I was delighted to be asked by my local Budgens store where I grew up to carve a pumpkin to help raise money for charity. Having a pumpkin auction in store is such a fun and quirky activity – plus it’s great for the local community. Fresh pumpkins are very popular this year and I was glad to be involved during the Halloween season doing something for a good cause.”



Notes to editor

  • Budgens stores are owned by local independent retailers


  • Budgens believe that food tastes better when it’s fresh and have been named Fresh Produce Retailer of the year for six consecutive years 2008-2013


  • Founded by John Budgen in 1872, Budgens is believed to be one of the oldest supermarket brands in Great Britain


  • Initially a small, local grocer, the company has expanded over time. The Budgens name appeared on a number of stores throughout the South of England, establishing a reputation for servicing the local communities with quality products


  • In 2002, Budgens became part of the Musgrave Group and stores were sold to independent retailers who remain in partnership with Budgens to provide good quality food at great value


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