Fundraising: NSPCC auctioning work placements

The NSPCC is auctioning prestigious work experience placements at top firms in a bid to raise funds.

People who want to be fashion designers, hedge fund managers and magazine journalists are among those bidding between £175 and £5,000 for the chance to work for a week without pay. The placements, part of the charity's Dream Auction fundraising campaign, are being sold on eBay for Charity.

"We are delighted with how much the work experience placements are raising," said a spokeswoman for the NSPCC.

"A number of companies wanted to help out but didn't have anything tangible to offer us for auction. Instead, they helped us come up with the idea of offering the work placements."

Hedge fund management company Cedar Partners is offering a one-week business internship in either London, Geneva or New York.

Glossy society magazine Tatler is offering what is described as a "priceless" opportunity to gain contacts, experience and inside information on a week's journalism internship in August. And fashion designer Julien Macdonald is offering the chance to work for him for a week.

The NSPCC Dream Auction has a fundraising target of £10m.

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