09 Nov Ultimate Charity Auction raises more than £106,000 for national and local charities
A global online auction which attracted a glittering array of money-can’t-buy experiences and star prizes has raised more than £106,000.
The Ultimate Charity Auction offered more than 130 lots donated by the world of sport, celebrity and lifestyle – once again capturing the imagination at home and abroad.
After a fantastic two weeks of bidding and star-studded support, an incredible £106,825 was raised in just two weeks for national and local charities.
The transparent fundraising platform has now raised a total of £981,825 from the five auctions that have been held.
Star items included a personal audience with legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson which went for £4,500, a chance to watch Barcelona train and then play at the Camp Nou which reached £4,050 and a fabulous stay at the Sumaridge Estate Lodge in South Africa which raised £4,550.
Gina Long, auction founder, said: “We are completely humbled and overwhelmed by the support the auction has received this year – and for all of the five auctions in total.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the Ultimate Charity Auction – whether donating, bidding or supporting. We never take this support for granted.
“This transparent platform has captured the imagination at home and abroad. Every penny that has been raised will make a massive and direct difference to the families and individuals supported by all these amazing charities. The money raised will literally help change lives.
“We have a fabulous, very small auction team who literally eat, live, breath and sleep the auction before, and certainly, during the two weeks. I would like to thank them all.”
Other fantastic lots included the chance to star in the next instalment of blockbuster computer game Football Manager, five days of unlimited golf at the world famous St Andrews, enjoy a VIP experience at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest and a host of luxurious hotel and holiday prizes.
The Ultimate Charity Auction also attracted the support of Suffolk-based superstar Ed Sheeran who donated his teenage drum set – with this particular auction item raising £2,650 solely in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.
This year’s fundraiser supported Sarcoma UK and In the Game – the League Managers Association Charity, West Suffolk Hospital’s My WiSH Charity and the GeeWizz charitable foundation.