Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

CLIC Sargent’s Homes From Home Appeal: Get set to bid in Tele online auction

Tickets for Girls Aloud are up for grabs in the online charity auction

Concerted effort: tickets for Girls Aloud are up for grabs in the online charity auction
Concerted effort: tickets for Girls Aloud are up for grabs in the online charity auction

Are you looking for an original gift for a loved one this Christmas?

The Belfast Telegraph could have just the unique present you’re looking for as we auction off a batch of one-off items to raise cash for our Christmas Appeal.

Among the unusual lots going to the highest bidder are a jacket owned and worn by football legend George Best.

Proceeds from all the items sold will go to CLIC Sargent’s Homes From Home Appeal which is aiming to build two respite centres in Belfast to be used by the families of children undergoing cancer treatment.

Full details of every item up for grabs in the email auction will be revealed in tomorrow’s paper.

However, among those confirmed so far are:

  • George Best’s jacket;
  • Graeme McDowell’s signed golf club;
  • An Irish Open hat and programme signed by McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington;
  • Tickets to see Girls Aloud perform in their up-coming tour;
  • Six tickets for Down Royal;
  • Tickets to the CLIC Sargent Sports Ball;
  • A spa package for Galgorm Resort and Spa

The aim of our Christmas Appeal is to raise £50,000 towards the Homes From Home Appeal being run by the children’s cancer charity.

Homes From Home needs to raise £3.7m overall to build two respite homes close to cancer treatment centres at the Royal and Belfast City hospitals.

The centres will provide a cosy sanctuary for families to use while treatment is on-going, taking away the stress and cost of travelling for treatment. If you have a sports fan in your life, there will be a number of interesting items to go for.

Golf fans could be in for a Christmas treat with either a club signed by Graeme McDowell , or the Irish Open golf hat and programme signed by him, McIlroy, Clarke and Harrington — all Major champions.

We also have six tickets for Down Royal and two tickets to CLIC Sargent's Sports Ball hosted by Barry McGuigan and Freddie Flintoff.

Teresa Sloan, appeal director at CLIC Sargent, said: “With the incredible prizes on offer the Belfast Telegraph readers can give a unique Christmas gift to someone special whilst making a huge difference to children and young people with cancer.

“We know that children and young people travel on average 95 miles up to five times a week to access the cancer treatment they need.

“That is why our Homes From Home will be so important to families right across Northern Ireland. All funds raised through this campaign will go directly to making that a reality.”

The auction will be carried out via e-mail. For details on all items available and how to bid, see tomorrow’s paper

  • How to donate

  • You can go online at virginmoneygiving.com/BelfastTelegraphChristmasAppeal
  • Or text CLIC04£ followed by the amount you wish to contribute to 70070
  • Or post cheques made payable to CLIC Sargent, to CLIC Sargent, Belfast Telegraph Christmas Appeal, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD. Credit/debit card donations by phone: 028 9072 5780

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