Fancy a ticket for The X Factor auditions or a trip to Lanzarote? How about tea at the House of Lords, or a professional photoshoot?
These are some of the exciting lots that Carers Trust Cambridgeshire has secured for an online auction that goes live on Friday, 28 October.
The money raised will provide support for young carers and families supporting those with dementia, an area where there is increasing need.
Val Garner, the auction organiser, said: “Carers Trust Cambridgeshire is passionate about supporting carers and the ones they love, and helping communities to support them. As a charity we rely on donations and fundraising to provide the extra “value added” support that is not funded by social or health care. Each year we need to raise an additional £200,000 to support the 8,000 carers we reach.
“We have had a lot of interest in The X Factor tickets. This is a wonderful opportunity to bid for two tickets to attend the live ITV broadcast of the show on Saturday 26th November 2016, two weeks before the final. This is a great chance to be part of the audience and to watch Simon Cowell and the other judges in person and enjoy the acts battling to be The X Factor winner.”
Family carers are twice as likely to suffer with ill health due to the stress they are under. One in 12 of every class is a young carer – two thirds of them are bullied at school, they underperform in school (getting an average 9 GCSE grades lower than their peers) and have reduced life chances
Donations can still be made for the auction, which will run for two weeks up until Sunday, 13 November. The lots include:
- Dinner for 2 at the Holiday Inn Cambridge
- Two Virgin hot air balloon flights
- Beauty and spa treatments
- Afternoon tea/dinner at the Radisson, London
- Signed miniature cricket bat by Sir Garfield Sobers
- Restaurant vouchers
- Golf club days
- Afternoon tea with Mayor of Peterborough and Mayor of Cambridge
- Go Ape tickets, Thetford
- Dinner and theatre tickets, Norwich.
Val added: “I would like to thank those who have donated so many fantastic lots for us, they are still coming in, and we welcome more. All the money raised will go towards funding projects for carers. For every £1 raised through donations, 98p is used for charitable activities.”
There are estimated to be 78,000 carers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and 90,000 in Norfolk and many of these people receive little or no help. Most go unrecognised until a crisis point is reached.
If you can donate a lot, please contact Val at [email protected], phone 01480 499090.
See www.auction4carers.org.uk for the auction when it goes live.