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A chance to bid for ‘money can’t buy’ experiences

The charity auction that gives bidders a piece of the action

A chance to bid for ‘money can’t buy’ experiences

November 18 2011
David Cheal

There’s still time to book a table at one of this year’s most intriguing charity auctions. The “Money Can’t Buy” auction is an annual event run by Pilotlight, the charity that mentors other charities, helping them to raise more money and reach more people.

As the event’s name suggests, many of the lots on offer are experiences that simply can’t be bought, among them, a tour of the Holland & Holland gun rooms and factory; two second-row tickets to Amanda Wakeley’s London Fashion Week catwalk show in February; a chance to play tennis at Wimbledon with former UK number one Greg Rusedski; a special eight-course tasting menu at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, and a tour of the kitchens; and two entries into the 2012 London to Cannes Grand Tour next June. The Grand Tour (pictured) is a five-day exclusive motoring adventure, dating from 1985, which motors through beautiful French countryside on a route carefully chosen for its driving and sightseeing pleasures, and stops off at grand châteaux for top-notch dining.

All these lots, and many more, are currently up for bidding on the Pilotlight website, but the auction culminates in a grand auction dinner on Tuesday November 22 at Bluebird restaurant on the King’s Road; tickets for the event cost £300.

And if you are inclined to bid for something more straightforwardly luxurious, the auction also features lots such as a three-night stay at Dar Seven, the boutique hotel in Marrakech situated in the heart of the medina and recently restored to immaculately high standards.

The online auction closes at 11.30pm on Tuesday November 22. All lots are available online, but 12 will be auctioned live on Tuesday night at Bluebird. Telephone bids are accepted.