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Charity diamond hunt is hailed a big success

Anna Mason from Maggie's with Alex Rose from Beards Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham's great diamond hunt has finished with all ten gems successfully found by eager competitors for the charity event. A total of £10,000 worth of diamonds were hidden across the spa town by luxury jeweller Beards to help raise money for local cancer charity Maggie's Cancer Care Centre.

The first diamond was found within 10 minutes of the Diamond Rush kicking off and the last was uncovered at 1.34pm, hidden in the underground car park at The Montpellier Chapter.

One Cheltenham couple, who found the diamond in 131 The Promenade, heightened the emotion of the day with a marriage proposal. Builder Scott Thompson, 27, got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson, 26, to marry him.

“It has been an amazing and rather emotional day which has not only raised a huge amount for Maggie’s but has also changed lives of people taking part. The people who have found the diamonds have been over the moon, and this was simply topped with one of the lucky finders popping the question to his girlfriend.”

– Anna Mason, Maggie's Cancer Care

Cheltenham diamond hunter pops the question

Scott Thompson and Lucienne Simpson have got engaged Credit: ITV News West Country

After three hours of hunting through various locations in Cheltenham, Scott Thompson found a diamond on the bushes at the 131 restaurant. Shortly afterwards he proposed to his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson who gracefully accepted.

The couple have been together for six years and Lucienne says they would never have afforded a diamond ring. The owner of the jewellers who donated the gems was so touched he has agreed to pay for the diamond to be set in a ring.

Ten diamonds had been hidden around the town with clues being sold to raise money for a local charity, Maggies which supports cancer patients and their families.


Diamond hunt frenzy in Cheltenham

Matt Jeffries and Fay Morehen found the first diamond Credit: Gloucester News Service

Scores of people turned up in Cheltenham this morning to take part in the hunt for ten diamonds hidden around the town.

The charity stunt features ten Cartier gems worth £1,000 each and the first of them was found within six minutes of the event starting.

Delighted insurance worker Matt Jefferies, 23, and his girlfriend Fay Morehen, 28, who works for an accountancy firm, were the lucky finders..

The couple had a hunch that one of the diamonds would be hidden at the iconic Daffodil restaurant, a former art deco cinema in the town, and they were proved right.

"We're thrilled to be the first and to have found it so quickly. We're taking the diamond away with us and we'll talk about what we're going to do with it."

– Fay Morehen

To stand a chance of finding one of the diamonds, treasure hunters had to spend £10 for a limited edition map giving approximate locations of the gems.

The competition raised funds for the Maggies cancer support charity in the town.

Treasure hunt for diamonds in Cheltenham

These ten diamonds have been hidden around Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

A jeweller in Cheltenham is staging a diamond hunt this weekend to raise money for cancer charity Maggies.

Ten genuine diamonds - worth ten thousand pounds in total - have been hidden in obscure spots around the town. Participants can buy maps and clues to track them down, and the winners can have the stones made into their own unique piece of jewellery.

Annie Mason from Maggies Cheltenham says: "We've got some really good locations so we're able to hide them in plain sight. So there's no need to go burying into flower beds or climbing trees or anything like that. But they're done in such a way that you may see them, but not see them."

£10,000 worth of diamonds hidden around Cheltenham

Ten diamonds, each worth £1,000 will be hidden around Cheltenham

Ten diamonds, each worth £1,000 will be hidden around Cheltenham.

This weekend the 'Diamond Rush' treasure hunt will take place in Cheltenham. The event has been organised by family run jewellers Beards, who have donated the diamonds to raise money for local charity Maggie's Cancer Care.

Anna Mason from Maggie's Cancer care charity with Alexander Rose from Beards jewellers in Cheltenham

Treasure hunters must purchase a £10 exclusive Diamond Rush map to discover general locations of the diamonds and then clue makers stationed around the town on the day will provide further clues for £5 each.

The diamonds have been flown in from New York, and have attracted international attention. The town is preparing for an influx of visitors.

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Winnie the hedgehog Credit: Secret World

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the hedgehog has been taken to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre where it is being treated for a laceration head wound. Credit: Secret World


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