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Wanted: a prize that money can’t buy

Events Fundraising

31 May 2024

Can you donate a ‘money can’t buy’ auction or raffle prize to a Lily charity event to help improve the lives of affected patients and their families and fund research into mitochondrial disease?

A hand choosing from a basket filled with foil-wrapped fortune cookie raffle tickets

Every year, The Lily Foundation works tirelessly to support patients affected by mitochondrial disease, raise awareness of it and fund research into new treatments. One of the ways we’re able to do this is through the various fundraising events we hold during the year.

From our glamorous Gala Ball with hundreds of guests, to our smaller, more local Golf Days, these events raise thousands of pounds for our charity that we invest in funding research and supporting children and families affected by this devastating illness. And that’s where we need your help please!

One of the highlights of most Lily events is a raffle or grand auction, when guests purchase tickets or place bids to win incredible prizes donated by our supporters. The more spectacular the prizes, the more people bid or buy tickets and the more money our charity can raise to fight mitochondrial disease.

Previous auction prizes have included celebrity experiences, luxury holidays and backstage passes to primetime TV shows, as well as hotel stays, golf experiences and family days out.

Raffles generally offer smaller prizes such as restaurant, pub or afternoon tea vouchers, professional photo shoots and beauty treatment vouchers. We’ve also received donations of technology items like speakers, headphones or tablets, electrical garden equipment, drinks hampers and other luxury gifts.

How you can help us....

We rely solely on kind donations from our supporters for the items that we auction at our events. If you think you might be able to donate a prize for one of our Lily events, we’d love to hear from you. We’re particularly interested in unique experiences that money can't buy, but every prize that's donated will make a difference. Please email [email protected].

Do you have a holiday home you could donate for a week? Perhaps you have connections with the theatre or a theme park? Do any of your friends or work colleagues have connections that might be able to help? Gifts signed by celebrities? If you personally don't have a gift to donate, it would mean the world to us if you could ask around.

By making a donation, you’ll be helping to support patients affected by mitochondrial disease and making possible the pioneering research projects that are key to our continuing efforts in the search for effective treatments and a cure. Look what we’ve already been able to achieve with your support over the last 16 years:

  • we’ve invested over £3 million into world-leading research
  • we’ve changed the law on mitochondrial donation
  • we’ve partnered with the top UK mitochondrial research centres
  • we’ve launched the Lily Precision Diagnostics project
  • we’ve introduced our UK Mito Patient Registry
  • we’ve donated over £200,000 in care equipment and respite breaks
  • and we support over 1200 UK families, connecting them so they’re not alone on their journey.

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