Fun raising

Teenage Cancer Trust’s auction of chic weekend getaways

Summer may soon succumb to the chill of autumn, but Teenage Cancer Trust has gathered together 24 enticing weekend getaways that should beat the long-night blues. It’s offering most of the holidays as lots in an online fundraising auction (from £75). From cosy cottages nestled in the Devonshire countryside to a slice of quintessential French chic at Château de la Cazine near Limoges, all money raised will go towards funding the charity’s new £2.5m unit in Bristol’s Haematology and Oncology Centre, with its five en-suite treatment rooms, two consulting rooms and social spaces for inpatients.

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One standout lot is a long weekend at Marrakech’s Dar Musique, a stylishly restored four-bedroom riad brimming with traditional Moroccan flourishes and a sleek marble pool, hamman room and resident chef. Harptree Court – home of The Great British Bake Off TV show – also features, with its handcrafted treehouse lodge (pictured) for those with a penchant for glamping. Also up for offer are a day’s sailing on the Dart estuary (champagne luncheon included), a three-bedroom apartment with sea views in San Telim, Majorca, and a handful of 18th-century cottages and Tudor farmhouses for those who’d prefer to eschew winter sun in favour of a quaint British bolthole.

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