Kubota mini excavator fetches £33K for charity

A construction-industry charity is £33,000 richer after a mini excavator was raffled to raise cash for its benevolent fund.

Kubota (UK) donated the new 2.6 tonne KX61-3 machine, worth around £20,000, to The Lighthouse Club.

The company was celebrating becoming the first mini excavator manufacturer to sell more than 30,000 machines in the UK.

The draw was made at a dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. The winner donated the machine back to the charity and asked for it to be auctioned.

Both the draw winner and the company who made the highest bid wanted to remain anonymous.

Richard Harrison, Kubota sales and marketing manager, said: "We wanted to say thank you to the construction industry, which helped us become the first manufacturer of mini excavators to break through the 30,000 sales figure in the UK."

Guy Walker, council member of the Lighthouse Club, said: "The gift by Kubota was very generous and we are also extremely grateful to the draw winner."

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