A LIFE of luxury could be yours this Christmas as experiences that include a spa day and a sports car to call your own for a weekend go under the hammer in the Yorkshire Post’s charity auction.
They are among 50 exciting gifts – many of which money cannot normally buy – which have been donated by local businesses towards our Christmas appeal, which is this year raising money to help the Alzheimer’s Society support around 58,000 people with dementia in the region.
One lucky bidder and a guest can enjoy the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the festive season with a day at Rockliffe Hall’s tranquil spa, as well as afternoon tea amid the gothic glamour of the five-star Darlington hotel’s Old Hall.
The spa, which boasts a pool, thermal bathing suite, hydropool, ice fountain and sound wave therapy beds, was recently voted among the world’s greatest hotel spa’s by TripAdvisor.
For those who prefer exhilaration to relaxation, the chance to test-drive a Porsche Boxster 2.7cc for a weekend could also be yours courtesy of Yorkshire-based car dealership JCT600.
Foodies will find plenty to tantalise their tastebuds among this week’s lots.
A chocolate-making workshop at York Cocoa House is up for grabs, offering up to 14 people the chance to try making their own truffles before learning how to professionally temper chocolate and taking their creations home to show off, share and enjoy.
Dinner for two at the award-winning Mirabelle restaurant in Harrogate with its delectable menu of classical and regional French dishes is also being auctioned along with a signed copy of chef Lionel Strub’s book From Alsace to Yorkshire – the Making of a Passion.
And a hamper of gourmet goodies from Lewis and Cooper is also up for grabs, crammed full of Yorkshire’s finest produce including the Northallerton delicatessen’s own award-winning fruit cake and plum pudding.
For culture vultures, an exclusive peek behind the scenes at Northern Ballet is being offered by the acclaimed touring dance company.
The highest bidder and a guest will get to watch an afternoon rehearsal at its Leeds studios and meet one of its dancers.
Front row seats for 10 at Theatre Royal Wakefield’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk could also be yours.
Other prizes include a football shirt signed by Middlesbrough FC players and a consultation with lighting design director Melanie Shaw, of Brilliant Lighting in Thirsk.
Bespoke legal advice from top Leeds-based law firm Clarion – sponsors of this year’s appeal – is also going under the hammer.
The package includes family, wealth and business protection advice including the preparation and completion of wills, lasting powers of attorney and business succession documents.
The law firm regularly works with the Alzheimer’s Society’s service users to advise them on legal issues dementia patients and their families may face.
Managing partner Mark Burns said: “By sponsoring this charity we at Clarion are doing our little bit to reinforce our commitment to the fight against dementia.”
New lots will be announced every week until Saturday, December 7.
Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: “We are delighted the Yorkshire Post has chosen to support our work in its Christmas Appeal 2013.
“The money raised will fund services providing direct help to people living with dementia and their carers in Yorkshire.”