Make a Bid, Change a Life

Local charity Charlie House encourages the people of North-East Scotland to bid on prizes to help change the lives of families

North-East charity Charlie House is encouraging people in the local area and beyond to bid on an amazing range of prizes in the Charlie House Christmas Auction and help to change the lives of families in the community. Charlie House supports babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, and is working towards the goal of raising £8million to fund a specialist support centre on the grounds of Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen.

The auction begins on the 1st of December 2021 and runs through to the 17th of December. Thanks to the generosity of the public and businesses, the charity has lots of fantastic prizes for keen bidders to get their hands on! Prizes include an exclusive painting from the Connor Brothers, bed and breakfast and golf for two at the Schloss Roxburghe, a James Bond experience in an Aston Martin followed by dinner and bed and breakfast at the Marcliffe, a £400 bottle of Macallan Whisky Concept No 2 and much, much more.

Senior Fundraising Coordinator Donna Deans, who has been working hard to organise the auction, says, “With the Big Build Ball sadly being cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19, the team at Charlie House wanted to bring a small piece of what we would usually do at the event online. The Charlie House Christmas Auction is a fantastic showcase of the importance of community within Aberdeen as we had a brilliant response from everyone that has donated prizes so far. It’s also our way of giving back to our supporters at Christmas time, offering them the chance to get involved and bid on lots of prizes that are perfect for gift giving or treating yourself.”

She adds, “With prizes a total worth of prizes sitting to be auctioned at £15,000, we are really hopeful that we will raise a big amount that will go a long way in helping us continue to support families in the North-East of Scotland.”

Louise Andrew, Charlie House CEO, also says, “When the pandemic forced our decision to postpone our annual Big Build Ball event, we knew we needed to find another way to raise the funds needed to continue our vital work and provide specialist support and accessible activities to the families that rely on our services. Christmas is an incredibly busy time for everyone, but it can be an extremely daunting time for families with children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions as they balance caring for their child and organising their festive plans. The Charlie House Christmas Auction will help raise funds so we can relieve some of the stress these families face not only at Christmas, but right through the year too.”

The Charlie House Christmas Auction goes live at 12pm on Wednesday the 1st of December and will run until Friday the 17th of December. To find out more please visit www.charliehouse.org.uk/events/charity-auction/. If you are interested in donating a prize to the auction, we will continue to accept prizes until the 9th of December.

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