Fundraising news: Charities challenged to raise most money on eBay

Helen Barrett

Charities have been challenged to see which of them can achieve the highest auction price on eBay for Charity this July.

HIV charity Mildmay has thrown down the gauntlet following the launch of its £10,000 online fundraising drive, which it has called The Big Clearout.

The charity hopes to hit its target by running celebrity auctions on the dedicated charity site - and its secret weapon is Sir Cliff Richard.

An auction of the chance to meet the singer for ten minutes was on course to achieve the eBay charity record as Third Sector went to press.

Twenty-four hours before the auction closed, bidding had reached almost £4,000, and 150 people were online watching the bidding unfold. Lunch with Lulu had fetched £1,500.

The site's existing record of £4,301 was raised for Oxfam's east Africa appeal by the sale of the dress worn by actor Keira Knightley to this year's Oscars ceremony.

"We are going to challenge all UK charities, but we're not going to say yet what prizes we have lined up," said Paul Sayer, corporate fundraising and events manager at Mildmay.

The Big Clearout campaign for Mildmay was launched as a no-money appeal in December last year, when supporters were asked to donate unwanted items for auction to raise money.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Latest Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners

Markel

Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Cyber and data security - how prepared is your charity?

With a 35 per cent rise in instances of data breaches in Q2 and Q3 last year, charities must take cyber security seriously

Third Sector Logo

Get our bulletins. Read more articles. Join a growing community of Third Sector professionals

Register now