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Auction – Splendours of the Commonwealth
March 31, 2018


Jonty Hearnden, antiques expert and TV presenter, led the bidding on this amazing selection of prizes for the live auction.

There was also a silent auction which closed at 9pm on Tuesday April 10th, 2018.


Sailing day on the Solent for seven people

A fantastic, fun, memorable day out with friends or family, with a chance to admire some of the most picturesque sights on the South Coast. No sailing experience is necessary. You will have a professional skipper on board to helping you to get as involved with the sailing as you wish. Learn some new sailing skills or refresh old ones, or just kick back and enjoy the magnificent views and hospitality from Fairview Sailing.

Donated by Fairview Sailing



Two VIP tickets to the world-famous Burghley Horse Trials

Entertaining at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is an experience unlike any other in the sporting calendar. Sample superb cuisine while enjoying one of the world’s greatest equestrian challenges. Set within the beautiful parklands of Burghley House in Lincolnshire, witness world-class horse riding, with full hospitality for two. With VIP parking, breakfast, champagne lunch and afternoon tea, this will be an unforgettable day.

Donated by Jaguar Land Rover




 Overnight stay for two at the May Fair Hotel

Enjoy a fabulous stay at an exclusive 5-star hotel. As the official hotel to the British Film Institute and London Fashion Week, The May Fair has to be one of the most stylish hotels in London. Close to Buckingham Palace, Green Park and Bond Street, this is an unmissable opportunity to stay in one of London’s most sought-after addresses.

Donated by the May Fair Hotel


 Alastair Cook signed bat and autobiography

Howzat! Own a piece of sporting history: a cricket bat personally signed by the former England Test and One Day International Captain. Alastair Cook is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever to play for England. This lot also includes a signed copy of his autobiography, Starting Out, revealing the full story of his stratospheric rise.

Donated by Alastair Cook / Judith Fisher


 Tea for four at the House of Lords

Throw a tea party for up to four people in one of London’s most prestigious and historic buildings. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a stylish afternoon tea created by parliament’s award-winning chefs while looking out at the River Thames.

Donated by Baroness Burt of Solihull


Meal for four at an iconic London institution 

Langan’s Brasserie in Mayfair has been a favourite haunt of the great, good, and not-so-good since Michael Caine and Peter Langan first opened the restaurant in the 1970s. Recently renovated, it remains as popular and fashionable as ever. Treat your friends to a delicious gourmet meal for four.

Donated by Langan’s


Silent Auction 



Tickets were on sale throughout the evening for £20 each. Everyone who bought a raffle ticket received a gift bag from one of our volunteers, containing an exquisite Sunita Mukhi clutch bag, kindly donated by Sunita Mukhi.

First prize in the raffle was a luxury Harrods Hamper, full of delicious products from the world-famous department store, kindly donated by Baroness Burt of Solihull.


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