Welcome Banquet Auction

With the Welcome Banquet happening this Saturday, it's time to reveal the exciting auction prizes that YOU could be bidding for! All funds raised will support refugees to thrive in their new home.

You can place a bid, even if you're not going to be at the banquet. Just get in touch with sam@upbeatcommunities.org before 5pm on Friday 20 October.


Exclusive holiday home in Île-Tudy, Brittany

A private 3-bedroom holiday home, sleeping 6, not normally let out to the public.

 Île Tudy is a presqu'ile (penisula) in southern Finistère about 30 minutes south of Quimper. It is a seaside village and the house is in a cul-de-sac 2 minutes' walk from the large family-friendly sandy beach and 1 minute's walk from the estuary side for beautiful sunsets. It is very popular with Parisians, many of whom have second homes in the village.

There are 3 bedrooms: 2 doubles (1 kingsize) and 1 twin. There is a modern downstairs bathroom with bath and shower and a new open-plan kitchen with a washing machine, dishwasher, fan oven and fridge freezer. The main sitting room with sofas and dining table are all in the same downstairs space.

You would be welcome to negotiate a week with the owners, who will provide all further information and a discount code for a saving on the ferry crossing.

WORTH: £500-1000


Two tickets to any England football game at Wembley in 2018

Enjoy the incredible atmosphere of Wembley Stadium and watch the England team play in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2018. You can choose any fixture for 2018 (dates still to be released).

WORTH: £50


Two tickets to a hilarious circus performance

Long Shot is a stripped-back circus performance where the audience is in charge. Using handcrafted remote-control contraptions, tight choreography and laugh out loud humour, PanGottic bring to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost unachievable and the highly unlikely. This show pushes the boundaries of how much risk an audience can bear, or be willing to create, by placing the routine and repetition of a highly skilled juggler in the same room as extreme unpredictability.

Deda, Sat 18 Nov 7pm.

WORTH: £24


Joint membership for Derby QUAD

QUAD is an independent cinema, gallery, café bar and workshop in the heart of Derby. Recipient of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, QUAD is a thriving centre for art and film where there is always lots to see and do.

·       4 FREE cinema tickets

·       Discount on cinema tickets

·       10% discount in QUAD Café Bar

·       10% discount off selected retail items

·       5% off public evening classes at QUAD

·       Members gallery events

·       QUAD Members Mondays reduced price cinema tickets (£5)

·       QUAD quarterly brochure delivered to your doorstep

·       Exclusive members offers and competitions

·       Advance sales for special events and NT Live Screenings

·       Updates on the charitable work QUAD does in Derby and beyond

·       Earn QUAD points on Box Office purchases (4 points for every pound spent)

 WORTH: £55


Signed Derby County FC football shirt

A must-have for a die-hard Rams fan, a signed DCFC shirt for the 2017/18 season. Michael Gladwell not included in auction prize.



Painting by Hamilton Sloan

Hamilton Sloan is a well-loved and long established traditional Irish artist. His high quality oil and watercolour paintings depict a range of rural landscape and figurative work. Since his first solo exhibition in 1992 he has exhibited regularly in a wide range of well-known galleries throughout the north and south of Ireland. 

Some well-known figures who have purchased or been presented with his paintings include Irish politicians Ian Paisley, Bertie Ahern, Seamus Mallon and Albert Reynolds. His paintings have also been purchased and presented to a range of private collectors and Public Bodies in Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada and Japan.

This latest oil painting Oblivion is the first in a series of paintings influenced by the plight of children and refugees caught up in war-torn parts of the world. It serves no political agenda but rather focuses on the child experiencing a moment of sheer joy, oblivious for a moment to the devastation all around them.

WORTH: £2000


Painting by Neil Thorogood

Neil Thorogood is the Principal of Westminster College Cambridge. He is especially interested in the intersection of art and theology. Transfiguration, from his Bible from the air series, depicts a birds-eye view of Moses and Elijah appearing on the mountain to Jesus' disciples Peter, John and James as Christ himself becomes "bright as a flash of lightning".

WORTH: £200


Bed and breakfast at Holiday Inn, Derby

One night’s bed and breakfast for two adults at the newly built Holiday Inn Riverlights in Derby. Enjoy a night away from home and relax in this city centre hotel. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a hearty full English or something more continental! (valid until 31 Dec 2017)

WORTH: £80-100


Meal and bottle of wine at Oasthouse Derby

Wine and dine at this beautiful pub and restaurant, which serves a mixture of grills, burgers, pies and more.

WORTH: £25


Beauty therapy session

Based in Allestree, Glamour Beauty Salon offer a range of services from their base. This beauty therapy session will leave you feeling a million dollars!

WORTH: £40


Pilates session

A voucher for a pilates session with Lesley Moran, and experienced, fully qualified Derby-based instructor. See http://www.bodywisederby.co.uk.

WORTH: £40


Massage session

A voucher for a head and neck massage with an experienced Derby-based therapist. Lie back, relax and enjoy a soothing massage.

WORTH: £40


Chauffeur driven experience in a Maserati

Fancy turning up to a Christmas party or event in a sports car? What about treating your kids to a drive to their prom they won’t forget? Enjoy a chauffeur driven journey for up to 3 people in a Maserati (single journey, max. 20 miles).



Kip McGrath tuition

Give your child a helping hand with expert English or Maths tuition, offered by Kip McGrath Derby. This voucher offers your child a term’s free tuition in either English or Maths or a combination of both.

WORTH: £380


Derby Language School lessons

A great chance to start learning a second language whether for work or personal interest. The classes are kept to maximum of four students and the experienced, native teachers tailor their classes to students' needs to help them learn as quickly as possible. 6 classes, 2-4 students per class. Classes in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Arabic and Mandarin.

WORTH: £120 


Let's raise funds to welcome refugees!

Sam Communications Officer