Help The Hungry: Video chat with Jose Mourinho and other prizes in special campaign auction

Zoom session with Spurs manager, guitar tutorial with Ellie Goulding and acting lesson with David Morrissey up for grabs in silent auction for fundraising appeal

Arjun Neil Alim
Thursday 28 May 2020 17:18 BST

Today The Independent launches a silent auction in aid of its Help The Hungry appeal. Readers have the chance to win a private guitar lesson from Ellie Goulding, a video chat with Jose Mourinho and other prizes within Britain and abroad.

Auction lots include four premium tickets to the Euro 2021 semi-finals at Wembley, a legendary online Macallan whisky tasting and an original painting by British artist Christopher Brooks.

Bidders also have the opportunity to bag a range of holiday experiences in the UK, such as two nights of pampered bliss at the Soho Farmhouse and stays in top suites at the Rosewood and Mandrake hotels in London.

Further afield for post-lockdown holidays, lots include four nights at a palatial five-star resort in Mallorca and three nights in luxury Manhattan hotel The Chatwal.

All funds raised go to the The Independent’s Help The Hungry appeal partner, The Felix Project, to provide surplus produce to Londoners struggling to afford or access food, and to help establish central London’s largest new community kitchen.

Our online silent auction is running in partnership with the Evening Standard and the Quintessentially Foundation. It is hosted by GalaBid, which takes no commission from funds raised.

All the lots to tempt you...

Guitar lesson with Ellie Goulding

Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding joined Independent proprietor Evgeny Lebedev along with volunteers from Greenhouse to help feed vulnerable people across London

Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding will give a guitar lesson to the winning bidder at a studio in London. Goulding, whose new album will be released later this year, is a Grammy nominated multi-platinum selling musician who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has played guitar from an early age and has offered to teach a budding musician, beginner or competent, her tips and tricks.

The location will be in a London studio, or a mutually agreed location. Lesson will last up to 45 minutes. To be redeemed after lockdown and before the end of 2021.

Four premium tickets to one of the Euro 2021 semi-finals at Wembley

You and three of your friends can enjoy premium tickets to one of the rescheduled Euro 2020 semi-finals at Wembley. The tournament will take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021. Dates for the semi-finals have yet to be announced.

Subject to the date of the semi-final the tickets are valid for. Dates TBC.

Video chat with Jose Mourinho

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho appears on Sky Sports

This is a unique opportunity to talk to one of the most decorated football managers in history. Football fans will relish the opportunity to talk tactics, starting line-ups and up-and-coming players with Tottenham Hotspur’s very own Jose Mourinho. Whether it’s to get advice on your own football manager career, or to give your opinion on Spurs’ most recent season, a Zoom call with this Portuguese football legend will be an unforgettable experience.

Call will take place over Zoom and will last no longer than 20 minutes. At a time convenient to both parties.

Learn how to deliver a Shakespearean monologue with David Morrissey

David Morrissey will share the tricks of the trade with one lucky reader

British actor and filmmaker David Morrissey, star of The Walking Dead and known for the meticulous preparation and research he undertakes for his roles, will coach the winning bidder over Zoom in how to deliver an epic Shakespearean monologue.

Personalised Father’s Day message from Jack Whitehall and his father Michael

Actor and comedian Jack Whitehall and his father Michael Whitehall will record a bespoke video message for Father’s Day. Two generations of Whitehalls can serenade your father with humour, emotion or drama, to make his Father’s Day truly memorable.

Details must be agreed by 15 June 2020.

Dinner, a night and two Cowshed spa treatments at Soho Farmhouse

Spread over 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse is the country outpost of Soho House’s network of membership clubs for creative thinkers. Normally only open to members at Soho Farmhouse you will stay in one of the cabins or walled garden rooms, with dinner in the main barn and a treatment in a Cowshed spa.

Subject to availability. Dinner includes a carafe of house wine.

Overnight stay for two in a suite at the five-star Rosewood London with breakfast

Experience an unforgettable overnight stay at Rosewood London – an idyllic urban sanctuary in the heart of central London. Enjoy an overnight stay in one of its exquisitely designed suites with a delicious breakfast included. On arrival, an arch in the hotel’s grand façade draws one into a tranquil courtyard. The hum of the city slips away, replaced by an atmosphere of quiet sophistication and unsurpassed hospitality. It’s a warm welcome to a perfect stay for you and a loved one.

Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. Valid until August 2021. Only available once hotel reopens.

F&M Ultimate Tea Hamper

Fortnum & Mason’s Ultimate Tea Hamper is the stuff of legend. The bespoke hamper contains some of its finest teas, sparkling teas and a range of its best biscuits and cakes. The hamper also comes with Fortnum’s fine bone china Camellia teaware collection, to make afternoon tea a showstopper.

A 4-night stay at the 5-star resort Zafiro Palace Alcùdia in Mallorca

A four-night stay for two people sharing a Swim Up Suite at Zafiro Palace Alcùdia. The stay is completed with full-board dining in the resort’s five restaurants (breakfast, lunch and dinner included each day), access to the hotel’s Zen, Body & Mind Spa and premium wifi throughout the hotel.

The prize is redeemable until November 2021 and upon request

The Macallan – private online tasting

An exclusive tasting from the iconic Macallan distillery in Speyside where David Sinclair, its prestige and experience manager and “Keeper of the Quaich”, will take you through a selection of whiskeys that showcase an exceptional character. Whether you’re new to Scotch whisky or a connoisseur this tasting will offer something for everyone. The prize includes three full bottles of The Macallan and two Lalique glasses. This tasting can be exclusive to one household or the whiskies can be decanted for up to a maximum of 10 households if you wish to share the experience with friends.

Prize is valid for six months and includes The Macallan 12 years Old Sherry Cask, The Macallan Estate and The Macallan Rare Cask. Households must all be UK based

David Beckham autographed Manchester United shirt

Special edition Manchester United shirt, in celebration of the team’s treble-winning year in 1999. Signed and donated by David Beckham.

‘Tomorrow becoming yesterday’ by Christopher Brooks

‘Tomorrow becoming yesterday’ by Oxfordshire-based artist Christopher Brooks. An oil on canvas, 60cm x 60cm.

There is a shipping cost of £45 for the winner of the lot to cover.

Hayo’u Method beauty hamper and consultation

The Hayo’u Method distils the remarkable wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine into simple yet profound self-care techniques and products that you can use at home.

The Hayo’u Beauty Kit contains the Beauty Restorer, the iconic jade gua sha tool.

This enjoyable facial massage will reward you with a lifetime of rejuvenated and healthy skin.

As a special extra, this one-off Hayo’u Beauty Kit also entitles the winner to one-to-one consultation with Hayo’u crystal facialist Katie Blake.

The lot is as stated, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable.

Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

Three-night stay at The Chatwal

A three-night stay for two guests at The Chatwal hotel located in the heart of New York. Steps away from the best entertainment, dining, shopping and Broadway theatres, the Luxury Collection hotel is home to the Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden and the famous Lambs Club Restaurant.

Dates are subject to availability and to the government’s travel guidelines. Not valid for Christmas, New Year and bank holidays. Flights are not included. Valid for 12-18 months.

Two-night weekend stay at the Chalet Saunton

A two-night stay for up to six guests in one of Chalet Saunton’s luxury three-bedroom self-catered apartments. With direct access to Saunton Sands Beach in North Devon the ground-floor apartments are perfect for guests wishing to bring their dogs for long walks. If walks are not on the agenda, guests can relax in the garden terraces and on the French-style balconies with a glass of wine while enjoying the exceptional coastal views.

Dates are subject to availability and to the government’s travel guidelines. Not valid for Christmas, New Year and bank holidays. Valid for 12 months.

A fourball at the JCB Golf & Country Club including lunch for four guests

The luxury golf and country club commissioned the world-renowned Robin Hiseman, of European Golf Design, to sculpt a stunning contemporary layout in beautiful rural Staffordshire. The winner and three friends will be able to enjoy the club’s 240 acres of rolling countryside, the par-72 and tour-ready championship course.

This is valid from Monday to Sunday (subject to availability). There are no time restrictions on when the guests can play the course. This is for four people.

A night in a luxury suite and dinner for two at The Mandrake’s flagship restaurant

Step away from the hustle of central London and through a portal into another universe. Every aspect of The Mandrake, a name that is an ode to the medicinal plant, offers an unforgettable experience. Its three-story-high walls of jasmine and passion flowers on the Jurema Terrace form the living heart of the hotel which recently won Global Best Outdoor Space at the Ahead Awards 2019.

Subject to availability (dinner will be from the set menu).

Bespoke session with award-winning hypnotherapist and life coach Malminder Gill

An individual therapy session (one hour) complete with a preliminary telephone consultation and a follow-up coaching call.

The prize is redeemable upon reservation.

A tour of Westminster and a drink in a famous local watering hole with Andrew Grice, political commentator of The Independent

Andrew Grice is the longest-serving Westminster correspondent in British journalism. Beginning his career in 1982, he has seen the rise and fall of Thatcherism, the New Labour years, the crash, the coalition and the chaos of Brexit. The winning bidder will receive a tour of Westminster and have a drink at a local pub frequented by political types, with the journalist who has seen it all.

A consultation with Simon Calder on your travel plans

The Independent’s travel correspondent, Simon Calder, will deploy his decades of experience to advise you on the best and safest destinations, routes and experiences for any price. This is a unique opportunity to see the world of travel through the eyes of “The Man Who Pays His Way”.

To be organised at a time of mutual convenience. Must be redeemed before the end of 2021.

A Spurs shirt signed by the whole first team

Spurs fans have the opportunity to win a rare memento from their club, with this shirt signed by the whole first team, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris.

Sharky & George Virtual Classic Party or Virtual Adventure Race

Sharky & George specialise in immersive experiences for children and adults. They have one simple aim – to find the fun in everything! Join them for the ultimate lockdown party. The awesome party team will get the whole family prancing and dancing around the living room, leading a mix of interactive, high-energy, silly, creative, competitive challenges and games for 45 minutes.

Party must be taken Monday-Friday. Up to 20 connections.

Psychic destiny session with Elizabeth Martin

The winner is invited to experience an uplifting sound mediation that will light up their intentions. The one-hour session with Elizabeth Martin will see the winner find their personal destiny oracle card and direction on where to focus their energy.

The one-hour morning session will take place Monday to Friday, at a mutual convenient time.

Private online yoga class with Yohanna

Yohanna is a former fashion executive turned nomadic yoga teacher and wellness coach. After overcoming burnout, she is now empowering busy professionals worldwide to find inner balance through private coaching, retreats and workshops. Experience a 90-min private yoga class with Yohanna including a flowing vinyasa-based asana practice, meditation and deep relaxation. Modifications will be offered according to your level of practice. The session will take place via Zoom and you can join with audio and video.

The session needs to be booked within six months and during working hours from Monday to Friday.

Spa day from Sarah Bradden

The Bradden method involves a 90-minute treatment that aims to improve not just how we look but how we feel. The treatment includes tongue diagnoses, acupuncture (face and body), medical grade-LED lights (on face and body), reflexology, reiki, activated oxygen and facial massage including cupping and gua sha. It has been described as a spiritual reset with a facelift.

The treatment will be at the Harvey Nichols department store in Knightsbridge.

Bespoke Tea Rose Collection by Noble Isle

A collection of indulgent Tea Rose products by luxury British brand Noble Isle. Each formula in the bath, body and home fragrance collection is environmentally friendly, made from 100 per cent natural extracts and is presented in 100 per cent recyclable packaging. The Bespoke Tea Rose Collection includes: Luxury Bubble Bath & Shower Gel, Luxury Hand Wash, Luxury Hand Lotion, Luxury Body Cream and a Single Wick Candle (officially launching in June).

This hamper is non-transferable with no alternative cash value. It must be redeemed by 30 September 2020.

Shadow the editor of The Independent for a day

Shadow the editor of The Independent, Christian Broughton, for a day at the heart of the UK’s leading fully digital news brand. You’ll get unique insights into everything from investigations to campaigns, from social media to podcasts, and see how global news combines with new-guard journalism and progressive-centre thinking.

To take place on a mutually agreed day after the end of the state lockdown. Must be redeemed by the end of 2021.

A private TARKA class

A private TARKA Developmental Exercise class for up to four children aged three years and up. A TARKA Instructor will travel to you and run a one-hour class of fun and challenging games.

The private class must be in London and scheduled in advance.

A meal for two from Hame, Adam Handling’s new food-delivery service

Chef Adam Handling has launched a new food delivery and collection service, Hame, to offer a taste of his restaurant experience to be enjoyed at home. The food arrives fully prepared, ready for cooking and plating, complete with recipes and full step-by-step video instructions. The auction item includes snacks, mains and desserts for two people plus cocktails.

No cash alternative is available.

Delivery within UK only.

Dietary requirements will be taken into account

A3 portrait of you or your favourite mascot by H.R.H. Princess Victoria de Borbón Dos Sicilias

Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria de Borbón Dos Sicilias​ will draw an A3 pencil portrait of you or any subject matter.

The prize should be used within a year from purchase at a date mutually agreed. Further details such as colour or black and white can be discussed.

Tickets to any Liverpool game

Jurgen Klopp has backed Liverpool to bounce back after Champions League defeat

Two tickets to any Liverpool FC game next season.

These are valid for the 2021 season.

A donation to provide over 100 meals to those in need

This donation will enable The Felix Project to redistribute enough food to deliver 100 meals

A donation to provide 550 meals to those in need

This donation will enable The Felix Project to redistribute enough food to deliver 550 meals

A donation to provide 1,000 meals to those in need

This donation will enable The Felix Project to redistribute enough food to deliver 1,000 meals

An introductory helicopter lesson for one person

Experience one-to-one training from a CAA-licensed instructor in a two-seater aircraft. It starts with an introductory briefing on helicopter controls and safety, and ends with a flight of 20 to 25 minutes in a two-seater helicopter during which the student takes the controls.

Valid for nine months (with options to extend for as long as Covid-19 restrictions are in place). Minimum age: 14. Minimum height: 5ft. Maximum height: 6ft 2in. Maximum weight: 14 to 18 stone (depending on location and helicopter).

Learn to cook Italian with Francesco Mazzei of London’s Sartoria restaurant

Acclaimed chef Francesco Mazzei from Mayfair’s chic Sartoria restaurant will give one budding chef an hour-long lesson in Italian cuisine.

Date and time to be confirmed based on Francesco’s availability.

One week stay in a villa on the exclusive Caribbean island of Bequia with its own private beach

Caribbean's hidden gem island

A one week stay for you and up to eight guests on the Caribbean's hidden gem island of Bequia. Full use of two charming properties located right by the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea, with their own private beach and gardens.

Terms & Conditions: There is a daily maid service every day except Sundays. An in-villa chef can be arranged for your stay. To give you an idea of services, breakfast, lunch and dinner can be provided at £32.50 per person per day and menus and dietary requirements can be discussed once guests have arrived. (Groceries can also be pre-ordered with the house manager for a surcharge.) Flights not included. No travel in the Easter or Christmas holidays.

A bespoke My Baba box

The My Baba Shop features a curated edit of My Baba founder Leonora Bamford’s favourite discoveries for infants. The My Baba Toddler Box contains: Kitpas, Large Crayons (12), Eco Stardust, “Unicorn” Biodegrable Trio: Glitter, Balm & Brush Set, Spots & Stripes, “Happy” Natural Mood Spray, Cotton Twist - Make Your Own Superhero Peg Doll, Cotton Twist - Make Your Own Fairy Peg Doll. Terms and conditions: Must redeem in 3 months from the date of the auction, subject to presenting confirmation email to

Fenwick personal-shopping appointment with gift card for £1000

Enjoy a personal-shopping appointment at department store Fenwick along with a gift card for £1000.

Subject to new Covid-19 compliance and upon reopening of Fenwick.

The Independent is encouraging readers to help groups that are trying to feed the hungry during the crisis – find out how you can help here. Follow this link to donate to our campaign for The Felix Project in London, in partnership with the Evening Standard.

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