Mayors Charity Auction

Mayor of Reading to host a Reading-themed online auction for chosen charities

  • A range of local businesses and other organisations have already donated items, with a range to suit a range of tastes and budgets – in time for Christmas
  • Proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2021-23: Parenting Special Children, ACRE, and Duchess of Kent Hospice (Sue Ryder Care)

THE Mayor of Reading, Cllr Rachel Eden, is working with local businesses and organisations to raise money for good causes in an online Mayoral Auction.

A wide range of Reading-based businesses and organisations have already pledged lots which include a headshot photoshoot from Viva Photography, a set by The Eric Tildiss Function Band, guided walks, a range of hampers, champagne afternoon tea for two at the Roseate and a silhouette portrait session.

The auction, which will open to bids on Thursday 1 December, will raise funds for the Mayor of Reading’s chosen charities – Parenting Special Children, ACRE and The Duchess of Kent Hospice (Sue Ryder Care).

It will also highlight and promote Reading’s vibrant charity, community, and business sectors.

Anyone who would like to donate a lot to add to the auction can do so up until Wednesday 23 November. There is a range of items to suit a range of budgets and many of the items are very suitable as Christmas gifts – although you might want to keep them.

An online catalogue will be open for viewing on Monday 28 November, to allow everyone a chance to browse and choose the items to bid on. Bidders will then have between Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 December to place their bids. The auction will close on Sunday 4 December when successful bidders will be notified. The lots will be able to be viewed at:

Mayor of Reading, Cllr Rachel Eden, said:

“I’m delighted by the wide range of organisations and businesses from Reading and beyond who have already donated lots for this year’s Mayoral charity auction. It really shines a light on what a special place Reading is.

“It’s not too late to get involved and donate an item or experience, but I’d also encourage everyone to browse the catalogue once it opens. You may find a perfect Christmas gift – or a treat for yourself. All the money we raise will go to three very special charities which is even more reason to bid.”

Not-for-profit Charity auction specialist, Superstars, will be working alongside the Mayor’s team to run the auction. 

More details are available from the Mayor’s office at