Win ‘one-off’ lots at charity silent auction

11/01/10 News'Scenesetter Rainbow Centre junction of Castle Road & Auborough St..'100201a
11/01/10 News'Scenesetter Rainbow Centre junction of Castle Road & Auborough St..'100201a

A huge array of lots - including once-in-a-lifetime experiences - are up for grabs at a silent auction in aid of the Rainbow Centre.

Bidding for the event closes on Wednesday September 30 and a finale event, where bids can be made in person, will take place at Woodend in The Crescent on Thursday October 15 from 7pm.

Catalogues, which include a bidding form, are available from the Rainbow Centre, which is on the corner of Castle Road and Auborough Street. It can also be viewed online at www.therainbowcentre.org and a bidding form can be downloaded.

Special items at the auction include a bottle of House of Commons claret, a first edition of The Woman in Black, the chance to start the annual yacht race to Holland, a signed England football shirt, a champagne tea with the Ayckbourns, a hand-made patchwork quilt and a carriage ride.

There are also chances to be named as a character in a Bill Kitson thriller, to commission your own artwork or to drive a miniature train with 12 friends.

Some of the items will be available to view at the finale event. If you are hoping to attend, or would like more information, please email anne-morley169@btinternet.com.

Ros Dyson, one of the organisers, said: “There are some really special items - our donor have been so generous.

“The guide prices are there to give people an idea, but they can bid whatever they think an item is worth.”

The funds will help the Rainbow Centre continue its life-saving work with people who are homeless, in need of food parcels or receiving debt advice, among other practical support.