Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Walk on the Wild Side with Auction; North East's Top Beauty Spots Offer One-Off Auction Experiences

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Walk on the Wild Side with Auction; North East's Top Beauty Spots Offer One-Off Auction Experiences

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Byline: Tony Henderson

AN auction opens today with bidders being invited to choose from a list of one-off experiences in the North East's top beauty spots and visitor attractions.

The National Trust has provided a choice of happenings at its properties in the North East and Yorkshire which it says will deliver Christmas presents to remember. The eBay auction ends on November 29 and proceeds will go towards helping the trust's conservation activities.

Trust property manager and auction organiser Simon Lee said: "This is a chance for people to make somebody's Christmas. We have some fantastic experiences on offer.

"As a charity, completely independent from the Government, we are always looking for ways to generate income which is spent on the care and maintenance of the land and buildings in our protection.

"We're always in need of financial support and are asking people to bid generously to help support a group of places that hold a special place in many people's hearts.

"We will contact the highest bidders in early December to confirm the terms and conditions. Certificates will be sent to the lucky bidders in plenty of time for Christmas."

The Leas at South Shields and Whitburn in South Tyneside will provide two of the offers. The first is two guaranteed entries in next year's Great North Run and accommodation for four in the Trust's Souter Lighthouse holiday cottage the night before, and the night of the big event.

After crossing the finishing line, the bid-winning runners can walk along the clifftop path of The Leas, to the lighthouse where a bath and pamper-hamper will be waiting.

Bids are also invited for a dinner for two in the lighthouse's lantern room, bathed in a romantic red glow, followed by a night in the holiday cottage.

There is also a double header from the Farne Islands off Northumberland. …

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