Swearpigs are proving popular at charity auction

Rich Johnson, of Belper, has designed unique piggy banks which are being auctioned off for charity.
Rich Johnson, of Belper, has designed unique piggy banks which are being auctioned off for charity.

An auction of uniquely designed piggy banks is well on course to raise plenty of funds for charity - already raising over £450.

Belper man Rich Johnson came up with the idea of designing the one-off pigs and selling them in order to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The charity is close to Rich’s heart after partner Suzy was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012.

Earlier this year he decided to set up an auction after working with designers up and down the country to create the Swearpigs - a combination of a swear box and a piggy bank.

Rich told the Belper News: “We’re more than halfway through the auctions now and I’d say the average price that each pig goes for is roughly £40.

“The lowest we sold one for was £18 and the highest I think was £51.

“We’re saving the highly-sought ones until the end and we hope they will go for plenty!

“We did have a slight mishap when one of the pigs broke when it was sent back to me by one of the designers.

“However, they kindly agreed to do another design which I’m thankful for.”

Rich, aged 50, said that the response to the auction has been terrific.

He added: “I’ve had lots of good comments and people have been getting in touch asking what and why I’m doing it.

“People have appreciated it’s for a good cause and a worthwhile charity.”

To view the auction, visit swearpig.com.