Last bag of Woolies pick n mix to be auctioned on eBay
The last bag of Woolworths famous pick n mix is to be auctioned in order to raise cash for former staff.
Ed Adams, a former store manager of the Petts Wood branch in Orpington, south east London, was closing up for the last time when he realised there was one final scoop of sweets left to bag.
They are now making history after administrator Deloitte gave permission for them to be auctioned on eBay to raise money for ex-retail staff who lost their jobs as recession hit the high street.
The auction went live on eBay yesterday, with a certificate of authenticity from Deloitte that the sweets are indeed the last bag of Woolworths pick 'n' mix.
The charity Retail Trust championed by shop bosses such as Sir Philip Green and Sir Stuart Rose will receive the money once the bidding has ended.
Mr Adams said: "I spotted at least a bag's worth of pick 'n' mix was left in the counter just before I closed the shop for the last time.
"I then decided to bag it up before contacting Retail Trust to see if it could be auctioned on their behalf.
"I hope the auction raises funds to go towards the Retail Trust Helpline, which is a lifeline for retail workers and their families during these difficult times."
Weighing approximately 800gm, the bag of pick 'n' mix may appeal to collectors of iconic memorabilia or confectionery enthusiasts.
Including fizzy cola bottles, rhubarb and custards, white chocolate mice, pineapple cubes and strawberry bon bons, the bag will start with a price of 99p and the auction will conclude at midday on Saturday February 21st.
Nigel Rothband, Retail Trust's chief executive officer, added: "We have seen some incredible fundraising over the past year, with the recent Retail Trust London Ball raising a record £1.1 million.
"In recent months there has been a real sense of the retail community pulling together during these troubled times and this donation is a great example of retail workers rallying to support retail workers and their families.
"Our heartfelt thanks goes to Ed Adams for the sales of his enterprising 'sweet pickings'.