Thursday 21 April 2016

‘Give it Away’ celebrates 10 years of fundraising with star-studded charity auction

Fourteen ‘money can’t buy’ lots up for grabs to support good causes across the UK

Lots include a tennis lesson from world number one doubles champion Jamie Murray, and a skiing experience with Olympic superstar Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards

An online auction aiming to raise funds in support of six small charities across the UK launches today (18th April 2016), to celebrate a decade of Give it Away, the unique fundraising brainchild of property developer and philanthropist Charlotte Grobien OBE.

Give it Away benefits children and young people by donating the profits of property developments to good causes. Through this work, and in just 10 years, Charlotte has raised and given away more than £1.6 million to 19 different charities.

To mark this fantastic milestone, Charlotte and Give it Away are aiming to raise more than £15,000 through a ‘money can’t buy’ online auction, the proceeds of which will be divided equally between the six charities she currently supports: Ambitious about Autism, Back Up, Eikon, SATRO, Small Steps and Whizz-Kidz.

With lots including two VIP tickets for a Chairman’s Club experience at a Manchester City home match, to a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at Asprey in London, these once-in-a-lifetime experiences not only promise something for everyone, they also promise to make a huge difference to beneficiaries of the six charities across the UK.
A great believer in building personal relationships with the causes she supports, Charlotte has always taken the time to get to know the charities, their teams and their beneficiaries personally to have the confidence of knowing that her donations will be spent in the right way, and encourages others to take a more active role in giving to charity.

Launching the auction, Charlotte Grobien OBE said “I see first-hand the incredible work my six chosen charities do to make a difference to people’s lives. Small charities in particular have limited resources and their impact to help change lives is often under threat because of funding “I feel very fortunate to have been given opportunities in my career that now enable me to support young people with physical and mental conditions by distributing the profits from my new property developments to these causes. “I regularly visit the charities I support and meet the young people and their families who benefit directly. It is incredibly inspiring and I am so glad that the hard work involved in building new houses actually results in changing other people’s lives for the better. “I believe we all have philanthropic instincts and I hope that this auction will help inspire everyone to go online and bid for an auction lot that money can’t buy – their bid really will help change a life!” 

The auction will run online at from Monday 18th April, and closes on Tuesday 3rd May at 12 noon. 




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