Christmas Appeal: Last chance to ramble with Janet or bowl with Gus

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There are plenty of bargains to be had among the 41 lots in The Independent's charity auction, which is now in its final week.

A very popular lot again this year is the runway-side seat with Susannah Frankel, The Independent's in-house fashionista, at a top designer show in London Fashion Week. So far, bidding has risen to £2,000, which is well over £1,000 more than last year.

One of this year's best bargains may be a ramble in the Yorkshire Dales with Janet Street-Porter, where bidding has so far reached £1,500 - about £500 less than last year.

One of the most popular lots has been a meal out for two adults and two children with The Independent's columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown at her favourite curry house in Southall. The highest bid at the moment is £2,510, which has easily topped last year's winner, who paid just £1,450.

Heavy interest is also being shown in Lot 39, an audience for up to 12 people with Robert Fisk, in which The Independent's award-winning journalist will give a lunchtime lecture on Islam and the West followed by questions. Highest bid is £1,993.17.

One of the lots which arguably offers the best value for money is also attracting attention. The bidding currently stands at £1,252.01 for a day out at Lord's for a whole cricket team's worth of children (and that includes a 12th man - as well as an accompanying adult for each child). The group will watch a Middlesex game and later enjoy some coaching from Angus Fraser, the former England player, who now writes for The Independent.

Bids for a day with Mark Steel, the stand-up comedian, alternative historian, lethally witty columnist and cricket fan, stand at £999 - well up on last year's £677.

The auction closes at 1pm this Friday. All winning bids go to our Christmas Appeal, A Better Place. Donations are split among three charities: Education Action International, Children in Crisis and Practical Action.

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