New charity initiative to raise vital funds for Pieta House

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin-based ‘Phonebox Man’ Paul Murphy has teamed up with his daughter Sarah for an exciting new initiative, with all funds going to Pieta House.

Auction house Victor Mee Auctions has teamed up with Paul and Sarah to support their Pieta House phone box initiative in Victor Mee Auctions & Niall Mullen’s upcoming 9th December sale.

Having designed and painted one phone box each, Paul and Sarah’s creations battled against one another in an online competition and Paul’s was chosen as the favourite to hit the Victor Mee auction block.

Full proceeds – including auction fees – will be delivered to Pieta House charity just before Christmas.

Paul Murphy has become known for his ability to fix up and restore antique Irish phone boxes and his daughter Sarah spends much of her time painting furniture and murals.

This particular challenge came about when a family friend, Keith Butler, suggested that Sarah should paint one of her dad’s beloved phone boxes.

When Paul kindly declined the challenge to decorate one of his beloved antiques, Keith took it upon himself to have two identical phone boxes manufactured by Churchtown Steel Engineering for the dad and daughter duo to paint and compete.

“Painting is something that comes naturally to myself and my daughter Sarah and painting phoneboxes is a real passion of mine,” said Paul Murphy.

“Launching this initiative has been a great experience for Sarah and me, and we are delighted that the Victor Mee Auctions team has come on board to support us. More importantly, it has helped in spreading the word about Pieta House and the fantastic work they do across Ireland.

“We chose Pieta as our charity as mental health struggles are relatable to everyone in some aspect or another and we hope this initiative will help to further shine a light on the importance of diminishing the taboo around mental health.”

Victor Mee Auctions is renowned for its unique sales that showcase an array of antique interior, pub and collectable items from Ireland and across the globe.

Each sale hosted by the auction house sees interested bidders tune in from around the world and the team hope to once again draw in their established audience of potential bidders to encourage the most amount possible raised for the charity.

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