Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity The Rainy Day Trust, put out an appeal earlier this month for businesses in the home improvement industry to donate lots for a special 12 Days of Christmas auction – and following a great response, the auction is ready to launch on Sunday December 1.
Each day a new auction lot will be added in a silent auction, from a Santa Cookie Jar with cookies, a box of beer glasses and beer selection, gin glasses and gin, and a gas BBQ to a week away in a holiday home in Pembrokeshire. Winning bidders will be notified the next day if the reserve is reached, and if not, that auction lot will carry forward until won.
Lots have been donated by businesses including Calor, The DRH Collection and Dexam. Bidders need to be aged over 18. All of the lots will be posted each day on the Rainy Day Trust Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Bryan said: “For the majority of people, Christmas is a time of fun and giving. But for many, it’s a different picture altogether. We can be there for them, giving direct help or advice and information on how to cope. But the Christmas support doesn’t come free, so something like the auction will generate essential funds.”
To take part, send an e-mail with the lot number and the amount of the bid to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rainy Day Trust operates across three sectors (builders merchants, DIY & Hardware and Housewares & Tabletop) which have a combined turnover of more than £50billion and employ close to 500,000 people. It is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in these industries, including DIY shops, hardware stores, builders merchants, garden centres, cookshops, and all the manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the UK who supply them.
Prizes in the silent auction include these Artland liqueur glasses from The DRH Collection