Bid now for our best ever charity auction!

September 27th, 2018

Bid now for our best ever charity auction!

From luxury holiday villas to masterclasses from a makeup artist to the stars, and from private dining and watching football in style, our fabulous auction at this year’s sell-out Charity Ball is packed full of money-can’t-buy items.

In association with our patrons First Choice Labels, it’s the event everyone attends – a true Who’s Who of the Tees business scene.

And this year we’re hoping our record attendance helps us smash our £60,000 fundraising target!

A big part of the fundraising effort is the live auction – which this year features some truly fantastic prizes.

And we’re taking bids NOW ahead of the event!

For the first time, we’re also offering a personal bidding service which keeps your identity private if you so wish.

Just take a look at this amazing list of auction items – and feel free to email us your starting or maximum bids for any of them at

Do ask Mandy too about our personal bidding service.


 Stay at a Luxury Private Mallorcan Villa with family cinema and gym

Your chance to bid for a 7-night stay in this beautiful and spacious villa. Guests enjoy not only space, privacy and stunning 360 degree views but also unrivalled facilities. The entire modernised property boasts a family gym, 8-seater cinema and a covered bar with BBQ area.

Set in a beautiful rural setting with glorious mountain views, the nearest beaches are just 2 miles away and the historic town of Pollensa is 3 miles away.

This is a perfect property for those who’re looking for luxury and tranquillity along with unrivalled modern facilities.

Sleeps 12. 6 bedrooms. 5 bathrooms. Dates subject to mutual agreement with limited availability at peak times (not school holidays).

Kindly donated by the Preston family.

Starting bid: £2,500

Charity receives 100% of donation.


 A Boro Experience that’s Top of the League


Dining (and drinking!) experience for 4 with Cornerstone Business Solutions in their Riverside Stadium executive box.


Teesside IT specialists Cornerstone certainly know how to look after their guests and give them an experience they won’t forget. This is your chance to enjoy MFC Hospitality – Cornerstone-style!

After being chauffeur-driven to the Riverside Stadium for a Boro home game of your choice, you’ll be welcomed to the Cornerstone executive box overlooking the hallowed turf – and then the fun begins!

Free-flowing alcohol accompanied by the Riverside’s fabled food featuring a five-course meal before enjoying the action on the pitch as Boro bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

Finally, there’s an opportunity to meet Boro legends and even some of the promotion-chasing Boro stars. Back of the net!


Hospitality kindly donated by Cornerstone Business Solutions. Chauffering kindly donated by Luxury Chauffering Services (LCS). Meet and greet kindly arranged by Cornerstone and Middlesbrough FC.  Match subject to availability.

Starting bid: £950

Charity receives 100% of donation.



Private Dining at Acklam Hall

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Dine like kings and queens in Middlesbrough’s only Grade I Listed Building, the beautifully restored Acklam Hall.

Surrounded by 300 years of character and charm, this is a rare opportunity for a party of 10 to enjoy private dining in style.

Following tasty canapés and prosecco on arrival, there’s a stunning three-course meal including half a bottle of wine per guest.

Kindly arranged by Acklam Hall.

Starting bid: £750



Art Teessiders will Love at First Sight


Pittaway personalised print including studio visit

One to brighten up anyone’s living room wall! Teesside art lovers will enjoy this beautiful piece of artwork from our very own Lucy Pittaway, named the UK’s Most Popular Selling Published Artist 2018 by the Fine Art Trade Guild.

Featuring a countryside scene of the iconic Roseberry Topping, Love at First Sight is part of Lucy’s much-loved sheep art collection. Signed, numbered and framed, it is part of a limited edition print run of just 150. Printed on archival quality 315gsm fine art paper, the overall dimensions of the framed print are 48” x 30”.

But that’s not all! Our winning bidder and their guest will also have an opportunity to visit Lucy in her studio at Brompton-on-Swale in Richmond, where she’ll be delighted to personalise your print to make it truly unique.

Kindly donated by Lucy Pittaway Gallery.

Starting bid: £595

Charity receives 100% of donation.



Red Carpet Glamour

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All-star makeup masterclass, lunch and chauffeur

The ultimate day for 6! Learn how to look like the star of your own Red-Carpet entrance with techniques from Amanda Bell, makeup artist to the stars including Siena Miller, Jessica Biel, Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren – oh, and Jude Law and Pierce Brosnan!

From primers to contouring, eye liner to brow definition, matt and shimmer shades and the best tips for your best lips, it’s all in this two-and-a-half hour master class from the Norton-based former lead makeup artist for the BAFTAs!

You’ll also be chauffeur-driven to your masterclass before enjoying lunch – including Prosecco – at Norton’s award-winning Café Lilli

Makeup package kindly donated by Amanda Bell. Lunch kindly donated by Café Lilli. Chauffeuring kindly donated by Auto Executive.

Starting bid: £395

Charity receives 100% of donation.



The Cattle & Cane Experience

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Gig & Meet-and-Greet for 4 with Teesside’s leading band including chauffeur and dinner

If you’re fans of Teesside’s finest, Cattle & Cane, this is the ultimate experience as they take the stage at the Sage, Gateshead, for their only North-East show this Christmas.

But this isn’t just a chance to take your seat for the latest of the band’s magical festive shows. You’ll first enjoy a meal with half a bottle of wine each at top-rated Middlesbrough restaurant, The Curing House, before being chauffeur-driven from Teesside to Tyneside for the December 22nd gig.

After enjoying what is sure to be a sing-along festive soiree, there’s then an exclusive opportunity to meet the band behind the scenes post-gig.

Concert tickets & meet-and-greet kindly donated and arranged by Henry Carden of Quiet Crown and Cattle & Cane. Dinner kindly donated by The Curing House.

Starting bid: £350



Club Tropicana

Beach Club


A three-night stay for 2 with champagne breakfast at The Marbella Club, Spain

This luxurious beachfront hotel, set between Marbella and Puerto Banus, has 2 luxurious pools and 5 restaurants. You’ll be staying in the deluxe room. Surrounded by lush gardens with direct beach access, the hotel offers one free green fee per person per stay at Marbella Club Golf Resort.

Featuring bedrooms with a private terrace and sea or garden views, Marbella Club was formerly the private residence of the hotel’s founder, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe. The hotel provides a shuttle service to the 18-hole golf resort, which offers views of the Mediterranean Sea and Africa. The property also features a Thalasso Spa with sea views, offering a range of treatments including a sauna and water bed. This spacious complex also features a Kids’ Club with dance studio, music room and enchanted forest.

Subject to availability (not peak times/school holidays).

Starting bid: £795

Kindly donated by Small Luxury Hotels of the WorldMarbella Club Hotel and Alisdair Beveridge of our The Build Directory.

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