High Sheriff of Cumbria, Julie Barton, is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to support charitable organisations across the county via an online auction and prize draw.
The auction and prize draw will take place entirely online and run from Sunday 15th November at 10am and until Sunday 6th December at 9pm. The auction lots up for grabs range from a luxury two night spa break for two people at the Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa with dinner in the Blue Smoke Restaurant and a five night rental of a Swift motorhome, to memorabilia such as a Liverpool shirt signed by the Premiership winning team and a signed Barrow AFC ball in the year the Bluebirds returned to the football league, to unique experiences such as a ride in a 1923 Bentley and a cruise in a retro skippered boat.
The money raised will go to the High Sheriff’s General Fund, which is administered by Cumbria Community Foundation. Grants are made from the fund to local charitable projects that help improve the lives of disadvantaged people across Cumbria; improve life skills, education, employability and enterprise for disadvantaged people, support vulnerable older people, improve the health and wellbeing of people and strengthen and support fragile communities.
Julie Barton said: “There are many worthy organisations in Cumbria that hold communities together. The grants that Cumbria Community Foundation provide are vital in helping local people and our communities to thrive. I am delighted to be able to hold this online auction and prize draw in support of Cumbria Community Foundation by raising funds for the High Sheriff’s General Fund. I am also very grateful indeed to all the local businesses and individuals who have stepped forward with such excellent lots for both the auction and prize draw. Their generosity has been outstanding.”
There are 19 auction lots and six raffle prizes up for grabs. The full list of lots and prizes can be viewed here, where you can also place your bids or enter prize draws.
Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation said: “It has been a very unusual year for the High Sheriff of Cumbria with the presence of COVID-19, but this hasn’t stopped Julie from assisting and promoting the work of Cumbria Community Foundation and local charities, and helping to raise the profile of the valuable work we do. We are grateful for her continued support and for the amazing range of auction and raffle prizes that have been so generously donated.”