The second of our online auctions to raise money for The Independent’s Christmas appeal launches today. Readers have until Tuesday 20 December at 9pm to bid for 25 stunning lots as part of the Young and Homeless Helpline Christmas appeal. The winning bids will help fund a helpline run by Centrepoint to give housing advice and support to young people living on the streets or on the cusp of homelessness, and the vital services it will link to.
Lots include the chance to train with an Olympic champion, luxury holidays in the UK and abroad, cooking lessons with top chefs, top sporting days out and tickets for Britain’s Got Talent. The auction is powered by Givergy, which enables charities to raise cash by offering bidders the chance to win exclusive items and experiences. For more information about all the lots, and to make your bid, visit: www.givergy.com/charity/centrepoint
An original artwork Gilbert and George from controversial street artist Cartrain who was helped by Centrepoint when homeless. The collage on brick wallpaper and wood features modern art legends Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore, who recreated the collage in their own work. A rare opportunity to own an early work from an artist tipped for great success.
Luxury weekend in Zurich
Spend two nights at the swanky Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel, dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant, getting pampered at the spa, and walking in the surrounding meadows.
Five star Crete
Treat yourself and one other guest to three nights in the presidential suite of the five-star Elounda Peninsula hotel. This hotel on the Aegean Sea has its own beach, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool. Guests have included Charlize Theron and the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Cycle with an Olympic champion
Winner of the Rio 2016 women’s team pursuit gold, Elinor Barker is offering the successful bidder and two friends the chance to join her for a road ride.
You and a lucky friend could win a VIP day out to the Mulberry factory in Somerset, as well as a handbag, lunch in a country house hotel, and first-class rail travel.
Enjoy a delicious lunch with five friends or colleagues in the famous Sotheby’s boardroom, accompanied by the company’s art specialists, and wines from Sotheby’s cellar.
Get an introduction to Mexico and its gastronomy by 2005 Masterchef winner and Wahaca owner Thomasina Miers. Then get treated to cocktails and tequila tasting and a dinner for six.
100th Oval Test
Win two tickets to the historic 100th Test Match at the Kia Oval on 27 July when England take on South Africa. Enjoy a tour of the ground’s media centre by Tom Collomosse, cricket correspondent for our appeal partner the Evening Standard, and meet many of the game’s biggest legends.
Britain’s Got Talent
The winning bidder will get four tickets to the live semi-finals of Britain’s biggest talent show in Spring next year. As well as enjoying the acts battling it out, you will have your picture taken with judge Simon Cowell at the judges’ desk during the advertising break.
Own a racehorse
Great British Racing has teamed up with InThePaddock.co.uk to offer the winner a share in a Racegoers Club Owners Group. You will have the chance to visit the group-owned horse, Glacier Point, out on the gallops in Lambourn, Berkshire, and share in the thrill of attending race days across the 2017 season as an owner when she runs.
The iconic five-star Mayfair hotel is offering two budding cooks a tour of its kitchens and a lesson from executive chef Martyn Nail on making the signature Claridge’s breakfast. The winner will enjoy the breakfast and receive a box of Claridge’s mugs to take home.
You and a companion could learn the secrets behind the perfect cocktail with a class at The Connaught hotel with mixologist Agostino Perrone.
Enjoy a luxury hamper from Lina stores, in Soho. This exclusive collection features nougat, pasta, panettone, truffle oil, salame, pate, fig-infused balsamic vinegar and a host of other delicacies, all delivered in a wicker, leather-strapped hamper.
Food critic’s lunch
Your chance to have a meal with one of the most respected food critics in London, the Evening Standard’s Fay Maschler, and watch her in action.
Boutique cooking school stay
A luxurious two-night stay at Thyme boutique hotel and cookery school in the Cotswolds, plus culinary lessons and dinner with wine at a beautiful local pub.
Luxury Knightsbridge hotel The Berkeley are offering a private baking masterclass with head pastry chef Mourad Khiat, along with champagne and a signed copy of his book, Prêt-à-Portea: High-Fashion Cakes & Cookies.
Gourmet dinner for two
Dine in style at Michelin star restaurant Pied at Terre, famed for its celebrity clientele, including Brad Pitt, Colin Firth and Robert de Niro. You and a companion will enjoy the incredible nine-dish chef’s tasting menu – a meal you will never forget.
Perfume masterclass with Clive Christian
An exclusive fragrance masterclass for two hosted by global brand ambassador Victoria Christian. Victoria will guide you through the Clive Christian perfume collection and the art of wardrobing perfume. Following the consultation, you will receive a pair of Noble VII perfumes, Rock Rose and Cosmos Flower
Feel your stress disappear with a two-night stay at the luxury five star retreat The Gainsborough Bath Spa. You and a guest will enjoy a 60-minute spa treatment for two during your stay at the only spa in Britain with exclusive access to thermal springs.
Signed football shirt
Win a Manchester City shirt signed by star defender Aleksander Kolarov. A great piece of memorabilia for die-hard football fans.
Look around the largest infrastructure project in Europe accompanied by the project’s chairman Sir Terry Morgan. This prize will give you an exclusive opportunity to visit one of the new underground stations being built in central London.
Treat yourself or a loved one to a morning of personal shopping at department store Fenwick with a voucher worth £500 to spend. The store’s experts will dig out the perfect pieces for you before you enjoy £250 to spend on a champagne lunch at Bond St Kitchen with up to three guests, in the group’s flagship Bond Street store.
Rolls Royce and chauffeur
Indulge in the ultimate luxury, and get driven around London in a Rolls Royce for an evening by your very own chauffeur. They can take you and a few friends Christmas shopping, out to dinner, or just for a spin around the capital in style.
Meet athletics royalty
Win four tickets to watch the world’s best athletes compete at the Muller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium on 9 July. British Athletics is offering the chance to watch Olympic gold medallists from London 2012 and Rio 2016 perform, and meet one of the event’s biggest stars in person.
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