NSPCC to rethink its Dream Auction

The NSPCC is considering whether it should repeat its recent fundraising auction of work experience placements at prestigious companies after coming in for heavy criticism.

The charity auctioned hundreds of work experience placements on eBay for Charity as part of its Dream Auction, which ended last week. A national newspaper article this month suggested that the auctions, which raised more than £31,000, encouraged discrimination against poorer students.

"We will conduct a comprehensive review of the Dream Auction, as we do at the end of any project," said a spokeswoman for the charity.

Lots included a week at the hedge fund management firm Cedar Partners, which fetched more than £5,000, and a week's television production work experience at Hat Trick Productions, which fetched £3,200.

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