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The FT seasonal appeal experiences auction, in aid of the International Rescue Committee, raised £63,000, which will be doubled by a pledge of matched funding from the British government, making a final total of £126,000.
The top lot, which attracted a bid of £10,000, was the opportunity to have lunch with the FT Money columnist Merryn Somerset Webb. An unique tour of the Glyndebourne opera house and its archive, hosted by the singer Danielle de Niese, was auctioned for £7,500, while the chance to have lunch with the FT’s US managing editor, Gillian Tett, went for £6,500.
There were 22 exclusive ‘experiences’ in the auction, with other top ‘lots’ including lunch with the actor Patrick Stewart and afternoon tea with the comedian, actor and children’s author, David Walliams.
Money raised from the auction will be donated to IRC’s humanitarian work in more than 30 countries worldwide. The UK government’s matched funding pledge means that FT readers’ donations are being doubled, with all the extra funding going towards IRC’s work to help rebuild the lives of Syrian refugees.