Event aims to help Trust meet target of £120,000 to cover Covid-19 shortfall
The Peter Blake painting to be auctioned
A painting donated by Peter Blake is expected to be the most sought after lot in a grand charity auction to raise funds for the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.
The Trust has seen its income drop by 60% due to the pandemic and the event is an attempt to push it over its target of raising £120,000 by the end of Summer to cover the shortfall.
The artwork by the Chiswick-based artists which features children on the lawn in front of the house is just one of the items that can be bid for on the afternoon of Saturday 26 September through live (Government guidelines permitting), online and telephone bidding. The event is free to attend online.
Lots range from stays in private villas and cottages; afternoon teas in country houses; prints and artwork; and a range of Chiswick House offerings including flowers and vegetables from the Chiswick House kitchen garden and other House-related opportunities.
Many familiar local businesses and supporters have also donated to the auction, with a number of lots having a starting bid of under £100.
Local experiences include:
• Ski lessons at Dukes Meadows
• Afternoon tea at Olympic Studios followed by a tour of the Sipsmith distillery
• Tennis lessons with Will to Win
• The full Giffords Circus experience which includes six tickets, dinner at Circus Sauce plus a goodie bag
A number of well-known residents, for whom the house and gardens are a favourite haunt, have also got involved with offering their time including a walk and lunch with Clare Balding and a session on financial wellbeing in a Covid-challenged time with Simon Gompertz, who has years of experience as Personal Finance Correspondent at the BBC and there is an opportunity to take a ride with Jeremy Vine on his penny-farthing. Leading auctioneer Adrian Biddell, of Chiswick Auctions will be handling the bids.
To see the full listing of all the lots on offer click on this link.
Since launching the fundraising campaign at the end of May, almost 1,700 people have donated to the cause raising over £72,000 which includes £20,000 that has been contributed to the LEGO® Brick fundraiser, led by Chiswick House Friends.
You can also support Chiswick House by texting LOVE to 70450 to donate £5 or online to donate any amount.
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September 20, 2020