May 10 2010
Most fledgling charity initiatives rely on straightforward monetary donations. The kick-start for Givinglots.co.uk, however, wasn’t a donor per se but his prize holiday. Inspired by a hedge fund manager who bid successfully at auction for a luxury-holiday lot with no intention of actually using it, Givinglots.co.uk co-founder Emma Leschallas developed her site to recycle surplus destination lots by re-auctioning them and donating to the original charities associated with them.
“Big bidders often [bid on these trips] purely to donate; the lot is irrelevant,” says Leschallas. “Our site offers these unwanted items to an audience that’s actually shopping for a holiday.”
Some £500,000 has been raised for the original charities since 2008, and this month Givinglots.co.uk collaborates with the Quintessentially Foundation, the charitable arm of luxury concierge service Quintessentially, to produce a travel auction in aid of The House of St Barnabas, SOS Children’s Villages and other charities. Lots range from stylish Globe-Trotter luggage sets to a weekend in a deluxe suite at Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat (pictured). Bids open on May 18.