Supporting those wounded at war, Services to Film has teamed up with Star Wars, The Red Arrows, The King’s Royal, Hussars amongst others to bring some truly once-in-a-lifetime auctions on CharityStars.com.
There are 19 lots in total and proceeds from all these auctions will go to Walking With The Wounded, a charity that provides a pathway for “at-risk” veterans to integrate back into society and sustain their independence. The auctions focus both on military as well as non-military experiences, including a few things that money cannot buy.
For Star Wars fans, there is the opportunity to own an extremely rare photograph signed by the cast. The current bid is £2,500, and there is also a signed “Last Jedi” poster currently at £701. Auction lots that are quite literally out of this world.
There are other experiences up for grabs too with the armed forces, including an exclusive evening visit to the Tower of London, a visit to the King’s Royal Hussars at Tidworth on Salisbury Plain, a riding experience with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and a VIP day with the Red Arrows. These experiences are a must for any military enthusiast. But with a fascinatingly diverse range of lots on offer, there really is something for everyone: even the ultimate Bollywood experience for two or a day with renowned fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani.
Services To Film provides veterans with employment as extras in the UK film industry and has so far provided work for over 500 veterans. The partnership with Walking with the Wounded will not only raise funds for the charity, with 10% of all company profits being donated, it will also see the launch of a new initiative called Step Into Film.
Andrew Cook, Director of Fundraising, Walking with the Wounded commented: "When Services To Film approached us to discuss this partnership, we leapt at the opportunity to team up with a company who are committed to veteran employment and like us and recognise their transferable skills. We look forward to working together and seeing the positive impact the new initiative “Step Into Film” will have on the veteran community."
The charity will hold a gala dinner on 6 February at BAFTA, which will be attended by a variety of celebrities and influencers including Elizabeth McGovern, Matt Barber, Laura Carmichael, Michael Fox, Chris Croucher, Simon Curtis and Pixie Lott.
Matt Barber who is known for his role in Downton Abbey said: “Step Into Film is a fantastic initiative which I am thrilled to be supporting. Having seen the success of Walking with the Wounded’s Step Into Health program with the NHS, it is hugely exciting to be helping to create a route into the film industry for veterans with Services to Film. Our veterans give so much in the service of our country and we’re all very hopeful that the fundraising evening at BAFTA on 6 February and this auction of amazing experiences will be a real boost to the program.”
Take a look. For the full list of auction lots, and to bid please click here.
These auctions end on 6 February 2018.