BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Helping us Raise the Roof

Raise the roof with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice's 

Raise the Roof End of Season Sale

Christmas is on the way - and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and Thorpe Hall Hospice are celebrating with an on air End of Season Sale of amazing gifts, donated by businesses from across the county.

More than 30 lots, including some exclusive experiences and 'money can't buy' items will be up for grabs during the morning of Friday, December 12. 

Tune in to 95.7 and 96 FM from 8am to hear your favourite BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenters selling off these incredible lots with the money pledged by the highest bidder helping to Raise the Roof of the new Thorpe Hall Hospice.

There really is something for everyone - and some perfect Christmas gifts for those impossible to buy for friends and relatives. There's the chance to bake at Fitzbillies and make fudge at the Fudge Kitchen; enjoy afternoon tea at Holmewood Hall or to be served in the comfort of your own home; take a vineyard tour or go backstage at Peterborough Museum; learn out to cycle safely as a family or skate around Parkers Piece this Christmas...the list goes on and on. And every single item is up for grabs. 

There's no catch - the highest bidder when the gavel comes down wins. The lots will be offered on air and bidding will be by phone. We will have an army of volunteers standing by to answer the phones and take your pledges. 

And every penny pledged will go straight towards helping to Raise the Roof on the new hospice at Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Here's what you can bid for!

Panto special
There’s nothing better than taking the kids to a pantomime at Christmas, and thanks to the generosity of The Cresset in Peterborough, you can see their panto Aladdin – starring This Morning presenter and Strictly star Alison Hammond!
The highest bidder will win four tickets, two adults and two concessions, to see a performance of Aladdin on a date to be arranged with The Cresset and a meet and greet with the marvellous cast including Alison Hammond.
Please note: Travel is not included

Behind the scenes of the Museum
How do you fancy getting up close and personal with all the amazing things at the Peterborough Museum alongside BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s very own Jane Smith? The kind people at Vivacity have teamed up with Jane to offer something simply lovely.
The highest bidder will win a private tour of the museum, on a mutually convenient day, alongside Jane Smith including an exclusive view of the costume department, a peek in the stores and the chance to see the Tudor cellars.
Please note: Travel is not included

An exclusive for the gardeners
This really is an exclusive lot for the gardener in your life – as this has NEVER been offered before.
Burghley House is donating their amazing gardener to the auction!
The highest bidder will receive an exclusive afternoon’s private consultation at your home with Burghley House’s Head Gardener John Burrows on a mutually convenient day.
Please note: You must meet within a 50 mile radius of Burghley House

Learn to play like Tiger - maybe!
Here is a lot for the golf lovers. The team at Cambridge Lakes Golf Course have donated a one hour golf lesson. The highest bidder will receive a voucher for a 60 minute lesson, on  mutually convenient date, at Cambridge Lakes Golf Course, valued at £35..
Please note: Travel is not included

One for Us fans
Here is something amazing for all Us fans. The very generous people at Cambridge United have donated something quite wonderful to our auction. The highest bidder will win the chance to enjoy a home game as a VIP. Forget watching the game in the stands, you will be supporting your team in style!
The highest bidder will win two tickets to attend the Directors Lounge on a match day and the chance to watch the game with the Chairman himself.
Please note: Travel is not included and Cambridge United will specify which match you will be invited to.

Afternoon tea delivered to your home
How do you fancy doing something lovely for yourself and 9 friends? Perhaps there’s a special birthday round the corner or a celebration you’d love to mark. Or perhaps it’s time you had a reunion with some long-lost loved ones. Whatever you want to celebrate, you can now do so in style thanks to Chef de la Maison in Peterborough. They are offering afternoon Tea for 10 people to be delivered to your home. This will include assorted finger sandwiches, a vol au vent selection, homemade cakes and fresh cream and jam scones.
Paper plates, napkins and delivery in Peterborough is included.
Please note: tea and coffee aren’t included and the Afternoon Tea must be taken before April 1, 2015

If you fancy a little bit of sophistication in your life then how does a day at the Chilford Hall Vineyard sound? The wonderful people at Chilford Hall have created a bespoke experience for this auction.
The highest bidder will receive a three tier traditional afternoon tea with Chilford Hundred Award winning sparkling wine for two followed by a private vineyard and cellar tour with wine tasting, on a mutually convenient date.
Please note: Travel is not included

Christmas carols
There is nothing nicer in the run up to Christmas than enjoying festive music to help us relax in all the stress. This next lot is a delightful treat, thanks to the Peterborough Male Voice Choir who have donated two pairs of tickets to a very special evening.
The highest bidder will win two pairs of tickets to the wonderful performance of the Christmas Magic concert at Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre on Sunday December 21 worth £88.
Now in its fourth spectacular year, Christmas Magic with Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and Peterborough Mail Voice Choir is the must see event this festive season. Enjoy seasonal music performed by Peterborough’s leading choirs accompanied by Peterborough Festival Orchestra, and under the expert baton of international award winning conductor Will Prideaux.
Please note: Travel is not included.
Your tickets will be available to collect from the box office

Cooking up a treat
Do you need some help in the kitchen? Or are you looking to get even better? Whatever your level of culinary expertise this lot will suit you. The lovely people at Cambridge Cookery School have donated a cookery class!
The highest bidder will be able to attend a class of their choice at the school which offers lessons in every aspect of kitchen domesticity from knife skills, to bread making, fish to seasonal Italian. Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at making perfect pastry dishes or learning simple recipes to liven up your weekday repertoire.
Classes take place during the day and in the evening with courses costing from £110 to £145.
Please note: Travel is not included and you must be available to attend the class you pick at the time it is advertised in the schedule.

Crispy experience
They’re one of the most successful exports of the county, and now Corker’s Crisps are opening up their doors for an exclusive experience available to the highest bidder.
The lucky winners of the Corkers Crisps Experience will get a first-hand look at how the crisps are made, as Corkers are offering a farm and factory tour for two people and a selection of crisps to take home. This is your chance to see behind the doors of where the magic happens – from the farm to your mouth – on a mutually convenient day.
Please note: Travel is not included

Elton Hall experience
This lot is something special for a group of friends. Elton Hall and Gardens have donated to our auction tickets to a tour. The highest bidder will win a pass for four people to visit Elton Hall and Gardens where they will receive a tour of the Hall followed by an opportunity to look around the gardens on one of the open days next year. You will also receive a bottle of champagne!

Kitchen fun at Fitzbillies
Have you ever had a secret dream to run your own cake shop? Now is your chance to be a part of the wonderful Fitzbillies of Cambridge, even if just for a day. The lovely team at this iconic bakery has offered a money can’t buy experience.
The highest bidder and a friend will get to spend a day at Fitzbillies, enjoying a host of culinary experiences. You will make Chelsea buns with the bakers, enjoy a cake decoration lesson and decorate your own cake and get to sample the delights of Fitzbillies as you stay for a coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
Please note: Travel is not included
The event will take place on a mutually convenient date for you and Fitzbillies (a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, in January, August or September - or another date by agreement).

Sweet treat
The Fudge Kitchen in Cambridge is renowned for its amazing fudge goodies and the team there have kindly donated this amazing lot!
If you fancy the opportunity to have a go at making fudge for yourself then this lot is for you. The highest bidder will win a fudge making experience for two, on a mutually convenient date, at the Fudge Kitchen in Cambridge with the chance to take some fudge home with you, a lot worth £50.
Please note: Travel is not included. Participants must be aged over nine.

Away from it all
Do you fancy getting away from it all for an afternoon? Relaxing in a Grade 2 listed building before enjoying afternoon tea and a tour? Well, thanks to the generosity of the team at the beautiful Holmewood Hall, you now have the opportunity to dine in style.
The highest bidder will receive afternoon tea for two, worth £9.50 per head, on a week day afternoon to be agreed, followed by a private tour of Holmewood Hall.
Please note: This offer is valid for 12 months. Afternoon tea is between 2pm and 5pm.

Round the world!
Do you fancy giving the kids a treat this Christmas? How about taking them to see Around the World in 80 Days at Cambridge Junction? Cambridge Junction is offering a family of four the chance to see the show and meet the cast tomorrow - Saturday, December 13.
The cast will be ready to welcome you to their morning performance starting at 11am. Following curtain down you will get to go backstage to meet the cast.
Please note: Travel is not included and you must be able to attend the performance at 11am on Saturday 13.

Oh yes it is!
It’s almost Christmas, and thanks to the amazing people at the Key Theatre in Peterborough, you and the family can get in the festive mood.
The highest bidder will have a spectacular day out at Jack and the Beanstalk including a family ticket for four on a mutually convenient date, the chance to meet the cast, a selection of the show’s merchandise and drinks and sweets.
As if that’s not enough, the theatre has also arranged for you to have a two course meal (not including drinks) at Café Clarkes.
Please note: Travel is not included

Italian is a beautiful language and, now thanks to the wonderful people at La Dante – the Italian centre in Cambridge, we’re offering you the chance to have a go at learning it.
The highest bidder will win 10 hours Cappuccino Italian course for beginners, scheduled to begin next July 2015. This course is worth £180 and involves 10 hours tuition with a mother language teacher in a small group at the Italian Cultural Centre, La Dante in Cambridge.
Please note: Travel is not included

Flying high
A lovely day out for all the family. This lot is one for all the airshow fans. Thanks to the generosity of The Little Gransden Airshow, you and your family can enjoy a VIP day at the event in August.
The highest bidder will win a VIP family of four ticket to the Little Gransden Airshow on August 30th
2015, worth £240. This includes entry to the VIP area where the pilots will be when they’re not flying. You will also get to enjoy the buffet and hot drinks.
Please note: Travel is not included

A new you
We’ve all seen the amazing TV make over shows where lucky participants are taught how to look their very best. Now you can too!
Thanks to the amazing stylist Luanne Hill, we’ve got a lot to put a huge smile on your face.
The highest bidder will win a two hour style party for four people at Cream Rose in Fenstanton including personal colour analysis and body shape styling, advice on hair and make-up and a personal colour chart to use when shopping. There’ll also be bubbly and nibbles.

Call all artists
This is one we can’t quite believe is happening. Matthew Lane Sanderson, the Cambridge sculptor and creator of some of the most stunning pieces the county has to offer, has bent over backwards to
provide an unforgettable experience to help Raise the Roof for Thorpe Hall.
The highest bidder will win a masterclass for 30 people with Matthew himself, one of the finest sculptors in Europe.
This is a very special lot which Matthew would like gifted to a school, an art group or community group.
Matthew is a locally born and trained artist and engineer with over 50 public artworks to his name across the country. He is best known locally for his works such as the Chronophage upon
the Corpus Clock, the Forest like St.Faith’s school gates, and the World Tree at Bottisham Village College.
He normally provides these exciting, practical experiences for those communities for whom he is currently building a landmark feature. But has offered to support our on air auction by donating a specially tailored one off event day.
Matthew will travel to the school or venue of your choice (at the behest and co-ordination with the staff there on a mutually convenient date) and conduct an all day, all materials 'in' workshop, including three dimensional drawing, resistant material manipulation, rotor animation and basic puppetry. These workshops are not only educational but original, fun and delivered with great energy. They also offer a chance to work with a full time practising artist with a passion for nature. The workshop can be conducted in any sheltered
space and be attended by anyone with a will to create.
Please note: Travel is not included
This lot is only available to give to a school, an art group or a community group which you may be part of, or donate it to.

Steaming ahead
to the generosity of the people at Nene Valley Railway – we’ve got a fantastic offer to put a smile on the face of the steam train fan in your life.
The Nene Valley Railway are offering a footplate ride on one of the steam locomotives’ hour and a half round trips, a chance to shadow the guard, a signal box experience and a certificate as a permanent reminder of your day, to be organised on a mutually convenient day.
Please note: Travel is not included
This lot is for ONE person but you are able to bring a friend who can travel on the train with you.

Wheely great
Do you want your kids to know how to ride a bike in the safest way possible? Well thanks to the team at Outspoken Training this safety conscious lot also which provides an opportunity for some family bonding time.
The highest bidder will win a two hour, family cycle training session at Outspoken Training in Cambridge worth £50.
The family session, on a mutuallhy convenient day, will cover riding as a group on the road, how to navigate through residential junctions and specific planning for routes you may regularly use as a family.
Outspoken Training aim to make cycling an enjoyable and fun experience for all by building confidence and developing skills in a variety of training environments, all tailored to help your family achieve the aim of cycling on the road together.
The DBS checked instructors are fully trained to deliver National Standard cycle training and have a large amount of experience teaching children and adults, enabling your family to ride confidently by the end of your session.
Please note: Travel is not included

Ho ho ho!
It’s almost Christmas and even though it’s Santa’s busiest time of the year, he has teamed up with his lovely friends at Orgin8 Café and Sacrewell Farm to make sure he can help with this auction.
He and his friends would like to offer a free visit for a family of up to four to Father Christmas's Farmhouse at Sacrewell Farm, north of Peterborough.
This can include a shuttle sleigh ride on a tractor to the Georgian Farmhouse where the children can visit Father Christmas by the fireside.
The children will receive a present and get a chance to pose for family photographs.
Afterwards you and the family can visit the donkeys in the living Nativity scene in the Animal Village, explore Sacrewell and, if you visit on a weekend, browse the Christmas stalls at Sacrewell to buy some one-of-a kind handmade gifts.
Once you’ve finished exploring, you can nip in to Origin8 Café for a hot meal and drink.
Please note: Travel is not included
This lot is available daily until December 24.

Have an ‘ice’ time
It doesn’t feel like winter until we’ve put on our gloves, fastened our skates and glided around the ice, hoping not to fall over. Thanks to North Pole at Parkers Piece in Cambridge you can bid for a pair of tickets to the ice rink in the Christmas Festival.
The highest bidder will receive a pair of tickets to skate at the North Pole Ice Rink in Cambridge worth up to £10.95 each.
Nestled amongst the trees in Parkers Piece Park in the centre of Cambridge, there is plenty of space to skate and enjoy the stunning parkland views where winter revellers can enjoy traditional winter skating in a truly beautiful setting.
While skaters enjoy the spacious rink, spectators can watch their friends, family and children skate from the decked terrace enjoying a hot chocolate, topped with cream or traditional mulled wine, and winter warming snacks.
Please note: Travel is not included. The rink is closed on Christmas Day and closes on January 5th

Going places
Thank you to the generosity of the team at Smith’s Nissan in Peterborough, this next lot will get you going places. The team at Smith’s Nissan are offering the use of a Nissan Juke N-Tec DCI for the weekend. On a mutually convenient weekend you will have the use of the car from Friday to Monday. Your insurance is covered
Please note: The driver must be over 21 and have no more than 3 points on their licence.

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Coming up on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Listen to Paul Stainton's Show on Friday, November 28 to hear news of the Raise the Roof End of Season Sale

Listen again to Thorpe Hall on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Listen again to one of our regional fundraisers Kirsty Clipston talking about Thorpe Hall's Lights of Love campaign on Sue Dougan's show. 

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There are plenty more opportunities to help us Raise the Roof over the coming weeks and months. But you don't have to wait for us - why not organise your own event? Get your workplace to stage a dress down day. Join forces with your neighbours to organise a fun day. Arrange a quiz night with your community group.  And don't forget to tell us about it so we can include it on social media - and mention it on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire!

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