IT had the intensity of a Wimbledon final, with frantic bidding going back and forth quicker than a Centre Court rally.
Women gathered at a charity fundraiser whooped like they were at SW19 as bidding for a racquet belonging to tennis ace Andy Murray topped out at £80,000 – with one of the winners immediately vowing she was gifting the item to her son for him to play with.
Rival bidders Marlyn Macsween and Jacqui Lowe had been slugging it out for a signed bag, racquet and ball from the Wimbledon final at the annual Lunch With An Old Bag fundraiser at Prestonfield House yesterday afternoon.
However, when bidding reached £40,000, the player’s mum and guest of honour Judy Murray suggested they could split the prize, and join her at next year’s Wimbledon championships, if they were both willing to stump up £40,000.
With a total of £80,000 in the bag for a good cause, Marlyn, who is married to Angus Macsween, chief executive of Iomart, one Scotland’s fastest-growing technology companies, said: “It’s a fantastic lot. I didn’t expect to bid as much as that but I got a little carried away.
“My husband will be quite surprised when I tell him.”
Marlyn, 51, who works as a teacher and is originally from Edinburgh, added: “It’s a wonderful cause so it’s not so much about the prize but the money going to the right people. The Prince’s Trust does great work for young people and I’m happy to support that.
“My son is a keen tennis player so I’ll probably give him the bag and racquet. As for the Wimbledon ball, I haven’t really given it much thought – I suppose we’ll have to clear a space on the mantelpiece for it.”
The event went on to raise £425,000 in aid of The Prince’s Trust Scotland.
Tennis coach Judy, 53, said: “The Prince’s Trust is a great charity, I’m a big believer in creating opportunities for young people. I’ve been a supporter of this event for several years but this is the first time I’ve been in person and it’s incredible to see the generosity of people.
“It’s great that Andy’s success is helping other young people who are not as fortunate as he has been.”
Jacqui was bidding on behalf of £161 million Euromillions winners Chris and Colin Weir from Largs, Ayrshire.
The event was attended by some of Scotland’s most glamorous and influential women including telly presenter Jean Johansson, 32, and catwalk model Anna Freemantle, 33.