While cycling home today I had an idea for a new fundraising idea for the Royal British Legion, which I would like your feedback on. Some of you may remember my Cycling the Line trek last November which I did with my good buddy Steve, well, while I want to do some more fundraising for the Legion this year, I am going to give my back and knees a rest from the bike for a while. So, this year my thought is a charity auction, to take place on November 11th with all proceeds going to the Legion.
The loose plan is that I talk to a friendly auction house (someone like Bosely’s) and see if they are willing to host a charity auction and then set about convincing people to put some stuff up for auction. I am thinking celebrities could offer some signed photo’s or other stuff, and as this is a military themed auction I was going to contact medal collectors and dealers that I know to contribute odd medal or other piece of militaria they no longer need in their collection to the auction. I have other contacts that I can talk to about other stuff military – uniforms, hollywood props and other stuff, plus contacts in the media and publishing where I may be able to get some interesting things for the auction.
So there is my plan. What do you think? Realistic or fanciful and naive? Do you think I will get enough pieces for the auction, do you have any ideas/contacts/advice. I would like to try to raise a similar amount to what we raised last year on the cycle ride – that being about £3500. So I am probably looking at 100 – 150 lots…
I would be very interested to hear/read your thoughts..