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Auction of promises

What is it?

  • Organise an auction of promises and raise money for the British Red Cross!
  • Raise money by promising to do odd jobs for family and friends and selling each promise to the person who bids the most money for it.

What you’ll need

  • A date to hold the auction on.
  • Permission from your youth leader or teacher. 
  • A place to hold your auction – make sure it’s big enough for the number of people who are coming.
  • People to carry out the promises – the more of you there are, the more you can do.
  • A list of promises you want to offer – these could be washing cars, doing the vacuuming, washing up, tidying the garden etc.
  • Lots of people you know who want to bid on your promises.
  • A sheet to record the winning bids for each promise so you can collect the money you’re owed.
  • A way of making sure everybody knows about it so they can join in. Think about the ways you can do this – maybe using posters, newsletters or announcements.
  • A safe, sealed or lockable place to keep the money you raise.
  • Someone who can write a cheque for the amount that you raise.

Top tips

  • Set your day a few weeks ahead so you have plenty of time to tell everyone about it.
  • Decide on the amount you think bids should start on for each promise – don’t set this too high.
  • Remember that people are likely to bid more money for things they don’t like doing themselves.

All about the money

  • Ask people to donate their money at the end of the auction – it’s easier to collect then.
  • Once the event is over and you’ve collected all the money, post us a cheque (made payable to the British Red Cross) for the amount you raised, along with a copy of the banking form from the module five facilitator's notes. Our address details are also on the same page as the form.
  • If you have any questions about sending us money or want to ask for other advice, please contact our fundraising team on 0844 412 2728 or

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