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The Rainbow Trust Children's Charity - one of the charities that we are collecting for

Wildlife Conservation Society - one of the charities we are collecting for

UNICEF - one of the charities we are collecting for


Charity Auction

The Charity Auction was held at The Talbot, Ripley (Near Guildford) on the evening of Thursday 12th November 2009.

Our aim was to raise 3,000 - In fact we ended up raising over 5,000 - thanks to the generosity of people donating such wonderful items, the generosity of the people turning up and bidding ... and of course the fabulous entertainment provided by Alvin Stardust and Jules.

Vicki Smith with Alvin Stardust and the Queen Bass Drum Head and Mark Whiteley and Graham Smith with the Wolves first team shirt, signed by the Wolves first team.Since the event, we have had many e-mails, all along the same lines ... "Awesome", "Fabulous", "a Great Success". However the event would never have even got off the ground without months of work by Liz Smith and Vicki Smith.

Liz and Vicki made the whole thing possible - arranging the venue, raising the profile with local celebrities and businesses to get items and services donated to be auctioned, finding and involving Alvin and Jules ... and the other 101 things that needed doing to make the night the success it was.

Complementing the efforts put in by Liz and Vicki was the incredible enthusiasm and professionalism shown by Alvin Stardust and Jules.

Before this event, we had only known Alvin as a pop star and Jules as a talented singer who had sung in many west-end shows. However as soon as they heard about the auction, Alvin and Jules threw themselves into the fray making sure it was an evening to remember.Jules singing at the India 2010 charity auction

Not only are Alvin and Jules two of the most genuine and warm people you could ever hope to meet and talk to, they are also two of the most talented entertainers around.

They told us to leave the lighting and sound system to them - and before we knew it, we a nice events room was transformed into a spectacular Cabaret. Whilst everyone ate a meal of curry (well what else for an event called India 2010?) Jules sang a selection of songs, showing a wide vocal range, as well as giving us the benefit of a plethora of musical styles.

So often at such events, a singer is just about tolerated with a faint ripple of applause after the songs ... however with Jules resplendent in a blue sequin studded dress, singing each and every song from the heart, the applause after each was prolonged and genuine.

After the meal, Sue Cocks from the Rainbow trust made a very moving speech and showed a video outlining the aims of their charity.

Alvin Stardust then rose to his feet and, for the next hour put on a performance second to none. Not only a talented singer, Alvin ran the auction as an expert. He made us laugh with a constant stream of jokes and funny comments, whilst subtly reminding us of the reasons we were running the event and pulling on our heart-strings.

Alvin Stardust running the Charity Auction for India 2010

Alvin showed his professionalism by selling almost every lot for well over their reserve prices - whilst endearing himself to everyone in the room.

Once the auction was over, the tables were pulled back and Alvin and Jules got the party really going. Alvin and Jules sang together - catching everyone with their enthusiasm, and getting many people up to dance who probably wouldn't usually do so!!

The meal at the India 2010 charity auctionThe evening was rounded off by the announcements of the results of the raffle and silent auction, and then bowing to immense pressure from several ladies who had learnt the words off-by-heart, Alvin Stardust sang "My Coo Ca Chu". His voice and presence were unchanged from his TV appearances from many years ago - showing the charisma that makes him the star that he is.

By the end of the evening, everyone left smiling having had a wonderful time. Thanks to Alvin and Jules what had started off being a well organised charity auction ended up being a night to remember for the rest of our lives.

The lots auctioned off are listed below along with the details of the donator of each Lot:
 

LOT 1

Oliver - The Musical

Voucher for 2 Tickets for Oliver - The Musical in London; dinner with wine in the Theatre Restaurant, with programme and brochure included
www.oliverthemusical.com

2 tickets for Oliver the Musical in London
LOT 2

Shoelands Guest House

A night for 2 in a country guest house in Seale, Farnham www.sawdays.co.uk/search/display.php?BookID=gbb5484

Shoelands House - luxury B&B in Seale, Surrey
LOT 3

Daniel Galvin - Celebrity Hair-stylist

A voucher for a hair cut and colour at the celebrity hairdressers Daniel Galvin at London's West End www.danielgalvin.com

Daniel Galvin - Celebrity Haridresser in London's West End
LOT 4

Flavia - from "Strictly Come Dancing"

Signed pair of dance shoes from Flavia

A pair of Flavia's dancing shoes - signed by Flavia - from BBC's Stricltly Come Dancing
LOT 5

Imibibros - Wine and Spirit Merchants

Wine tasting for a party of up to 12 people www.imbibros.co.uk

Imbibros - wine tasting for 12 in franham or Godalming - On india-2010.co.uk
LOT 6

Cheryl Cole - Girls Aloud and X-Factor

A signed picture of Cheryl Cole

 
LOT 7

Wolves - Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

A First team Wolves FC shirt signed by all of the team

Wolves shirt signed by Wolves first team squad for auction
LOT 8

Roger Taylor - drummer for Queen

Bass drum head signed by Roger Taylor from Queen

 
LOT 9

Anne Milton - Local MP

A tour of the houses of Parliament and Tea with local MP Anne Milton
www.AnneMilton.com

LOT 10

Roger Taylor - drummer for Queen

Pair of drumsticks signed by Roger Taylor from Queen

 
LOT 11

Chris Martin - Award winning Photographer

2 Vouchers for 100 - each towards a studio Portrait Session - Valued at 65 plus one 7" by 5" portrait - or can be put towards a larger wall framed portrait
www.chrismartinphotography.co.uk

Chris Martin Photographer - Suporting india-2010.co.uk
LOT 12

Farncombe Boat House

A day boating for 4 on the River Wey from Farncombe, Surrey
www.farncombeboats.co.uk

Farncombe boat house - supporting India-2010.co.uk
LOT 13

Tea for 2 at The Ritz

Donated by Tibby Stodel

 
LOT 14

Absolute Aesthetics

LipoSonix treatment to the value of 2,000 www.AbsoluteAesthetics.co.uk

Click here to visit Absolute Aesthetics
LOT 15

BBC's Eastenders Genuine Albert Square sign

Autographed by all the Eastenders and donated by Nic Phillips

An Albert Square roadsign signed by the members of the cast of Eastenders - donated by Nick Phillips
LOT 16

Drakes on the Pond - A Michelin Star Restaurant in Surrey

Lunch for 2 with champagne on arrival at Drakes on the Pond, Abinger, Surrey
www.drakesonthepond.com

Drakes on the Pond - Michelin Star dining near Guildford, Surrey
LOT 17 Lord March - From Goodwood

VIP day for 2 at Goodwood Festival of Speed including lunch and tea at Goodwood house, VIP Enclosure and Grandstand pass and VIP Parking
www.Goodwood.co.uk

VIP Day for 2 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
LOT 18

Niul Foat - Artist

Picture by Niul Foat Abstract art on Perspex by a local artist
www.menticulturalart.com

Niul Foat - Artist - Supporting the India-2010.co.uk
LOT 19

Steph Cook - Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney 2000

A signed photo of Steph Cook on the Olympic Podium, the official olympic results book signed by Steph and Steph's olympic Sweat Shirt - signed by Steph

 
LOT 20 Lulu - singer

A signed photo of Lulu and a selection of products from her Time Bomb range and Time Fragrance

 
LOT 21 Natasha Gooding

Weekend for up to 6 in Country Cottage, in Devon

     
All sponsors money will not be paid direct to the charities but is being sent to the event organisers, Enduro India, after equipment or other costs related to the event have been paid. Enduro India will then release the charity monies after the cost of the event has been deducted. A minimum of 1,500 is guaranteed to go to charity for each entrant taking part.
 
Please note the arrangement for handling the funds raised. Money raised in support of this event is being sent to the event organisers, Enduro India, after equipment or other costs related to the event have been paid. Enduro India will then release the charity monies after the cost of the event has been deducted. However, a minimum of 1,500 is guaranteed to go to charity for each entrant taking part.