eBay has pledged to donate up to £150,000 to the Prince’s Trust from one day’s trading on its platform in its first 24-hour charity "Give Day".
The online shopping portal will give 5p for every transaction made today (9 October) and 10p for every transaction with two or more items to the trust's Enterprise programme, which supports young people to set up their own businesses.
Shoppers are able to bid on a number of "celebrity experiences" and items being auctioned, with 100 per cent of those proceeds going to the charity. These include cheese and wine tasting with the broadcaster Phillip Schofield, a signed tennis racket from Tim Henman, tickets to the final of The Voice and a meet and greet with its host Emma Willis, a Mamma Mia 2 poster signed by the entire cast, and other items.
Buyers can also buy products on the trust’s Tomorrow’s Store on eBay, which have been created by entrepreneurs who have been supported by the trust. eBay will donate £5 to the Prince’s Trust from every sale of these items until 31 December.
Rob Hattrell, vice president of eBay UK, said: "The UK is powered by small businesses and we want to give the next generation as much support as we can. Through our first Give Day, customers can make a difference to the lives of budding entrepreneurs with every purchase they make, whether it's big or small."
Tara Leathers, director of income and innovation at the Prince's Trust, said: "eBay UK shares our passion for supporting young entrepreneurs and we're excited that this partnership and the first Give Day will enable us to help even more young people to get their business ideas off the ground."