Good deeds go under the hammer

A website has been launched to let people auction good turns to raise money for small charities and local organisations.

The free site, www.auctionofpromises.com, enables organisations to post details of a project for which funds are needed. People can then auction their promises, such as offering to help someone move house, to raise money for the causes listed. Supporters can make their auctions visible to all site visitors or restrict them to visitors from certain postcodes.

Roland Peters, the website's founder, launched the site after he had helped local clubs run fundraising auctions and thought there was an opportunity to launch a service online.

“The scheme is best suited to small organisations that might have fundraising targets of about £2,000,” said Peters. “It’s very simple to use and organisations can get a scheme up and running in no time.

“The most unusual promise I have seen so far was a promise to do anything for a day.”

Bidding starts and ends within set dates and auctioneers can send email invites and links to encourage their contacts to bid for the promise.

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