Prizes and Auction



Here are some of the fabulous and unique items which will be on the Auctions.

SILENT AUCTION – This will open approximately one week before the Ball and is open to everyone to add bids from the launch date on-line and throughout the evening – the best bid on the Silent Auction at the close, approximately 11pm, will be the winner of that lot.

LIVE AUCTION – A maximum of nine of these lots will be auctioned “live” on the evening.  If you are not joining us on the night and would like to leave your ‘best bid’ for the auctioneer, details of how to do this to come.


Six months gym membership
Whether you’re on the gym floor or in the swimming pool, enjoying a little rest and relaxation or honing your racquet skills, get set for more than you imagined. Six months membership at one of Virgin Active’s clubs – boasting luxury spas, dozens of exercise classes and state of the art fitness facilities.  There are 43 clubs to choose from across the UK with 30 clubs in London and 5 in the South East.  Excludes Chiswick Riverside and High Street Kensington.
Donated by Virgin Active Group


Long weekend for 10 in your own Scottish Manor
This Arts & Crafts house with five individual turrets is a grade 1 National Monuments’ property built in 1902. The house will appear in Great British Railway Journeys narrated by Michael Portillo in 2019.
Just over the hill from Loch Lomond, with wonderful walks and railway journeys, excellent restaurants in the nearby town of Helensburgh.
It is no more than 5 minutes over the hill to all of Loch Lomond. A ten minute drive to the village of Luss. Over the hill are two of the finest golf courses – Loch Lomond course and the Carrick.
At the top of Loch Fyne is the original Loch Fyne Oyster bar and there are many other restaurants nearby including; Riverhill Courtyard, PJ’s kitchen, The Wee Kelpie as well as the Telegraph Award Winning Sugarboat Restaurant.
Ben Lomond is a short car journey away. There are literally hundreds of walks within this area, along with the Highland Way and the John Muir Way.
Unfortunately it is not suitable for disabled access.
3 nights/4 days – dates to be arranged with the owner.
Donated by Deborah Appleton


Tea at Nonnatus House with Jenny Agutter
Neil Street Productions are kindly allowing me to invite two guests to our closed set during the last couple of weeks filming on series eight of ‘Call the Midwife’.  We finish filming 14th October.  Not long, so please be ready with your bid, if you feel like a day with the midwives at Nonnatus House and these dates work for you.
I would love you to join me on a day I am filming; you might even have a chance to take part yourself.. I will introduce you to cast members, the costume department, you can see the work that goes on in makeup, it’s not all glamourous (apart from Trixie).  You might find the prosthetics interesting as well as the walls of mid sixties photos.  The sets and props keep us aware of the period, I love what this department brings to the production.  You can see the sets being lit, rehearsal taking place and the action being filmed.  When we have a break I have a large ‘Call the Midwife’ teapot ready to make tea, and to take away when you leave, along with a companion book on Call the Midwife signed by the cast members.  Memories of a day out, back in 1964.
I look forward to your visit.  All the best, Jenny Agutter
Donated by Neil Street Productions


Red Carpet Gala Film Evening for 2
Two tickets to the red carpet Gala screening of Number 9 Films latest production COLETTE starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West. Number 9 Films are the award winner producers behind such films as CAROL, THEIR FINEST, MADE IN DAGENHAM, THE CRYING GAME and INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE.
Donated by Number 9 Films

Be an Extra in a film starring Benedict Cumberbatch!
Two extra parts in the new Cold War Spy drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch IRONBARK directed by Dominic Cooke (ON CHESIL BEACH). The film shoots this Autumn in the UK.
Donated by Dominic Cooke


Film Internship in London
Two week internship in London at Number 9 Films.
Donated by Number 9 Films



Luxury Night for Two
Enjoy an overnight stay at Champneys for 2 with a 50min Champneys treatment each
Donated by Champneys


Mint condition presentation set of Irons

Precise replicas of the clubs used by Ben Hogan when he won the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1953.  It was the only occasion he played in the event, which by winning fulfilled his ambition to complete the Modern Grand Slam of Golf.
The clubs were manufactured in 2003, the 50th anniversary of his victory and are accompanied by all the original authentication/provenance paperwork.
Donated by Allan Gormly, retired Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust


Coworth Park for 2 with Dinner
Leave the city behind for one night with dinner and breakfast for two and revel in the pastoral tranquillity of a unique Ascot hotel and a refined retreat with more than a few surprises. Set in 240 acres of picturesque parkland and on the borders of Windsor Great Park, Coworth Park is Dorchester Collection’s new 5 star, 70 room country house hotel and spa, which blends the warmth and comfort of a contemporary country house with an eccentric spirit that is undeniably English and irrefutably modern.
You will stay in a Stables Superior room (with breakfast) and Dinner in the Barn (to the value of £100)
To be taken Sunday to Friday (not Saturday). Restrictive dates apply
Donated by Coworth Park

Signed Fulham Shirt

A shirt from the record-breaking 2017/18 season of Premier League new boys Fulham Football Club signed by the team that went an incredible 23 games unbeaten thanks to England prospects like Ryan Sessegnon who will no doubt be steering England to victory in 2022!
Donated by Fulham Football Club


Signed Film Poster for the Film “On Chesil Beach”
Signed copy of the novel and film poster of ‘On Chesil Beach’
Donated by Number 9 Films

Signed Film Poster for the Film “Their Finest”
Signed film poster for ‘Their Finest’
Donated by Number 9 Films


Signed Film Poster for the Film “Colette”
Signed film poster for ‘Colette’
Donated by Number 9 Films



X Factor Final tickets

Two tickets to the final of television’s most iconic talent show the X Factor on 1st December 2018 at Wembley (Over 16s only).
Donated by ITV



Knockando Vintage Whisky
Single malt Scotch whisky 1980. In each bottle of Knockando you will only ever find the produce of a single season, or year of production – a practice which distinguishes this delicate Speyside from almost all other single malts.
Donated by Mavis Hawkey


A Family pass for Folk by the Oak
Folk by the Oak is the UK’s largest one day folk festival. A family friendly gathering of fine folk, roots and acoustic music, complemented by fun packed activities for all ages, Folk by the Oak will return to the beautiful and leafy grounds of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire on Sunday 15 July 2019.
Donated by JSL Productions

Signed copy of The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer

A signed paperback copy of the 1970 book by Germaine Greer from her personal library that became an international bestseller and an important text in the feminist movement. Greer’s thesis is that the “traditional” suburban, consumerist, nuclear family represses women sexually, and that this devitalises them, rendering them eunuchs.
Donated by Germaine Greer

Two tickets to The Battle Proms 2019
The UK’s premier picnic concert series, are summer celebrations with music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry and spectacular fireworks, all taking place in some of our most celebrated stately homes!
Pack up the hampers and champers and join thousands of loyal fans for a quintessentially British ‘party in the park’, featuring a full 2 hour orchestral performance by the New English Concert Orchestra, complemented by toe tapping vintage vocals, breath-taking Spitfire display, dramatic cavalry displays and a ‘last night of the proms’ style sing-along firework finale!
Donated by JSL Productions




We would like to thank the following companies and people who have generously donated prizes to the Tree of Life:

Thames Rib, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Virgin Wines, Casual Dining Group, Patisserie Valerie, Charles Trywhitt, Stoke Park, Biscuiteers Icing Café, BBC Gardeners’ World Live, Polpo Ltd, Sussex Life, JSL Productions, Cubana, Cote Brasserie, VQ Restaurant, Quilon, Bills, Charlie Bighams, Harrys, Locanda Locatelli,