High Life Charity Auction 2015
As Christmas approaches, we want our readers to bid generously and make the end of 2015 one to remember by snapping up a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Fancy meeting Jonathan Ross at his chat show? Or how about hanging out with Team Sky at the Giro d’Italia bicycle race in Treviso, Italy?
There’s also the opportunity to drive the fastest-ever Jaguar to Gleneagles, tickets to all five of England’s Six Nations matches, and dinner at celeb-favourite Chiltern Firehouse (including a meet-and-greet with chef Nuno Mendes) — not to mention a luxury trip for two to Peru.
Get bidding — and good luck!
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There is sure to be a scrum for this prize as our auction winner and their guest will be seeing all five of England’s matches in the Six Nations Rugby 2016, donated by Eden Park. See England take on Scotland, Italy, Wales, Ireland and France, with a prize that includes British Airways’ return flights from London to all the away matches, in Rome, Paris and Edinburgh. You will also be invited to Eden Park’s Corporate Hospitality at Twickenham Stadium — and have the chance to meet a former England rugby player, too.
Value: Rugby tickets: £3,000; flights: £1,160; meeting former England rugby player: money can’t buy
Our winner and their guest will watch one of television’s most exciting programmes, ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show, live at its London studios. As well as enjoying the show’s live music and chat with celebrity guests, you’ll have an exclusive chance to meet the host (and High Life film columnist) ‘Wossy’ himself, and to hear all the behind the scenes gossip.
Value: Money can’t buy
What better way to view the world than from the driving seat of a Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Coupé? One auction winner will have this stunning sports car — which retails at £91,660 and is the fastest-ever Jaguar, with a top speed of 186mph — for seven days. As for where to drive it, The Gleneagles Hotel in the scenic Scottish Highlands is offering a three-night stay for our winner and a guest. The hotel, in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, is home to three championship golf courses, and as well as a complimentary dinner each night, your stay will include a round of golf for two.
Value: Car hire: money can’t buy; Gleneagles stay: £1,150
Enjoy a bespoke seven-night trip for two to Peru with Cazenove + Loyd, with flights to Lima provided by British Airways. The winner and their guest will fly into Lima and enjoy a two-night stay at the Belmond Miraflores Park. The adventure continues on a three-night Aqua Expeditions Discovery Cruise, on board a five-star ship. You’ll glide down the Ucayali River, enjoying excursions into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The next stop is Cuzco, where you’ll be staying in the Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery, and take a trip to Machu Picchu, which includes a privately guided tour. Your transport for the day will be the sumptuous Belmond Hiram Bingham train. Once back in Cuzco, there’s just time for a visit to the city’s outer lying ruins before you fly home.
Value: Flights: £1,776; trip: £11,800
Chiltern Firehouse is the hottest restaurant in London right now, frequented by everyone from Kate Moss to David Cameron. It’s famously hard to get a table here, but our auction winner and three guests will enjoy a three-course dinner to the value of £500, including wine matched by the sommelier. What’s more, the prize also includes a cocktail class in the hotel bar, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with star chef, Nuno Mendes.
Value: Dinner value: £500; cocktail making: £150; meeting Nuno Mendes: money can’t buy
Our auction winner and their guest will enjoy a trip to the Giro d’Italia bicycle race in Treviso in May 2016, courtesy of UK exclusive Pinarello specialist and cycle shop The Bike Rooms. In conjunction with Pinarello, Team Sky's official sponsor, the trip includes return flights and a two-night stay at the Best Western Premier BHR – the same hotel as Team Sky. You’ll get to meet some of the competitors and have a chance to attend some team dinners and events. Our winner will also enjoy a tour of the Pinarello workshop and be gifted with a Pinarello and Diesel collaboration ‘Only The Brave’ fixie bike.
Value: Trip value: £700; bike value: £799; meet Team Sky: money can’t buy
A favourite of Alexa Chung, Rihanna and Madonna, Markus Lupfer’s daring prints and patterns have made him one of the hottest fashion designers in the UK. For our auction, the designer is offering an invitation for a winner and their plus one to see his autumn/winter 2016 presentation, usually exclusive to fashion editors. The winner will also take home an iconic Lara Lips sequin sweater – with a print based on model Lara Stone’s sultry pout – worth £280.
Value: Jumper: £280; presentation tickets: money can’t buy
Fancy letting someone else do the hard work this Christmas? Our winner and a guest will check in at the iconic Hotel Café Royal in London on Christmas Eve, for a four-night stay in a luxurious suite, worth £5,000. You’ll enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea on 24 December. The next day, enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, including a bottle of Champagne, served in the ornate Ten Room. Wind down afterwards in the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, with a couples’ massage.
Value: Stay: £5,000; Christmas lunch with Champagne: £400; tea for two: £110; spa treatment £400
How do you fancy flying a British Airways’ full motion Boeing 747-400 flight simulator at London Heathrow? It’s one of 16 full motion flight simulators, valued at £10m and part of a three-pronged aviation prize, which also includes a private tour of the BA base at London Heathrow where a winner and three guests will tour the engineering unit, plus a visit to Heathrow’s iconic air-traffic control tower donated by NATS.
Value Engineering tour: money can’t buy; control tower: money can’t buy; simulator: £1,680