Blind Veterans UK is very excited about the BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) Radio Big Salute auction on Friday 5 October, with money raised from the Big Salute going direct to five vital forces charities including Blind Veterans UK.
An Olympic torch, a Manchester United shirt signed by Rio Ferdinand, a meet and greet with Status Quo, a short break in Cyprus and tickets to watch the filming of Celebrity Juice – these are just a few of the exclusive items up for grabs.
Fans of sporting memorabilia can also bid on a wide range of lots including a cricket bat signed by Andrew Strauss and the England team from the 2011 npower Test Series. There’s also a football signed by members of Chelsea FC, a signed print of Nasser Hussein and a collection of goodies from Ron Haslam’s Race School.
If you’d rather be participating in a sport, choose from a polo lesson at Ascot Park, a riding lesson with Olympian Lucinda Fredericks, or reach new heights with a tandem skydive. Anyone serious about getting in shape can also bid for a six-month membership with British Military Fitness.
And if you’re after music mementos, the auction includes the unique BFBS Star Guitar – signed by eleven artists and bands – including Oritsé Williams from JLS, Cover Drive and Tony Christie, as well as items from One Direction, Tom Jones, PJ Harvey, The Christians, Nell Bryden and Beverley Knight.
Tune in to BFBS Radio on Friday 5 October and hear nine hours of live coverage from 10am to 7pm UK time, as the auction items draw to a close throughout the day.
Nicky Ness, Controller of BFBS Radio said: “The annual appeal for the Big Salute has become a big fixture in the BFBS diary and a huge amount of work has already gone in to ensuring another successful event. There’s a real focus amongst BFBS staff around the world to support these charities who do such great work within the forces community”.
Last year’s UK-based live auction raised more than £11,000, so to help BFBS make the 2012 Big Salute even bigger, view the lots and bid online via the BFBS Big Salute website at www.bfbs.com/bigsalute