A simple idea raises a fortune
Since the age of eighteen I’ve helped to raise roughly £225,000 for good causes. I have devoted my life to supporting sick and terminally ill children.
I started fundraising in my teens and I’m now thirty eight. When I launched 30 Donations in 2014 my original goal was to collect 30 luxury items for Haven House Children’s Hospice. I’ve seen the amazing environment that they have created for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across North and East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire. Please visit their website: http://www.havenhouse.org.uk
£204,513 has been raised by 30 Donations
I want to obtain unique donations which can raise funds & awareness.
I've supported numerous Haven House events. Images are available here.
I'd love to raise thousands of pounds for the hospice. A day's care at Haven House Children's Hospice costs £5,374. It would be fantastic if I can raise enough money to provide a month of care, support and fun for local life-limited children. Being able to make a difference is such a wonderful gift. By making a small dent in the universe I hope that I can inspire other young people. We can all enrich the lives of others by volunteering.
My responsibilities have thus far included 30 Donations brand conceptualisation and marketing. I donate my time on a daily basis in order to continually increase my fundraising targets. Ultimately I would like to raise in excess of £250,000.
I am a volunteer therefore Haven House retains 100% of all funds raised.
30 Donations has been described as a wonderful obsession and I guess that is true as I spend most of my spare time sourcing marvellous auction prizes.
I feel extremely privileged to be able to work with so many extraordinary individuals and businesses. By sourcing raffle & auction prizes for Haven House gala dinners I have managed to raise over £122,167. I'm incredibly grateful to all of the wonderful donors who have made this extraordinary figure possible.
My ultimate goal is to raise in excess of £250,000
I know that every penny raised is changing lives one day at a time.
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If you are able to donate an auction prize I would be really happy to hear from you.
Please send an email to Richard@RichardCBarker.com
I've always combined innovation and persistence to raise money.
Sales of auction items raised £7,150 at the Haven House Autumn Ball in October 2014. The 2015 Haven House Ball raised £89,000. Sales of prizes sourced by myself raised £18,635. In 2016 I raised £21,172 at the annual ball. I raised £11,802 at the 2017 ball. At the record-breaking Birthday Ball in 2018 I raised £18,351. That event raised over £100,000 for Haven House and was therefore a phenomenal success. In 2019 I raised £45,057 at the Garden Gala in October 2019. This amazing result wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the fundraising team at Haven House. The Coronavirus prevented us from holding a ball in 2020 so I spent a year collecting prizes for a special online auction. The Online Auction & Prize Draw raised £54,035. Over 2,400 people registered on the auction site to place bids and purchase tickets for the prize draw. A fantastic result for the hospice which has lost over £500,000 in fundraising income as a result of the pandemic. With the help and support of many kind donors my prizes raised £16,235. An online auction and a Big Night Out at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in 2021 helped me add £10,870 to my fundraising total.
2022 has had a fantastic start, David Yarrow donated a signed copy of Wild Encounters Deluxe Edition, we've also received a pair of tickets to see Nicola Benedetti CBE, artists Mark Anthony, Rosie Emerson and Paul Normansell have all pledged to contribute prints. More recently we've received a personally signed bottle of Kylie Minogue’s award-winning 2021 Signature Rosé, a dress worn on the Red Carpet by Rochelle Humes kindly donated by James Yardley and a bespoke slogan jumper from Huntsman Savile Row. We've just been given 4 x 3 day Gold Guest Camping tickets for Creamfields South 2023 and 4 tickets to the Talacrest Prince of Wales Final at Guards Polo Club. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team have donated a hand-signed technical drawing of their 2019 challenger, the W10. The drawing is signed by Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Toto Wolff, James Allison and Andy Cowell, and accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity. Phillipe Starck is donating a signed Solo Chair, a product designed by Starck for 'Solo' his first collaboration with Andreu World.
Moncler, Sir Antony Gormley, The James Dyson Foundation, Tom Kerridge, Boris Johnson, McLaren Racing, Firmdale Hotels, Philippe Starck, Richard Caring, Olivia von Halle, Kristjana S Williams, Hornby, Lalage Beaumont, Chelsea F.C. and Bernard Cornwell, OBE are just some of the wonderful donors who have made donations & pledges in 2021. It's been seven years since the appeal started, I want to thank all of the people and organisations that have supported me for making this amazing adventure possible.
The Women in Business Lunch 2020 was a wonderful way to start the year. Raffle prizes sourced by myself raised £1,980. I'm incredibly grateful to all of the donors. The recent pandemic is putting more pressure on the hospice and depriving it of fundraising income. This crisis has affected everyone but whatever you can do to help the hospice will be greatly appreciated. I am pledging to raise £250,000. It's going to be hard to reach this goal but I know that every penny counts. You have to dream big and never give up.
2020 began with repeat donations from the Hippodrome Casino, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the James Dyson Foundation, ITV, The Eastbury Hotel, Maxon Investments and Chelsea F.C. An amazing start to the year! More recently Sir Anish Kapoor CBE has donated a limited-edition print, Philippe Starck donated a signed chair and MATCHESFASHION donated a Christian Louboutin handbag. Michelin-starred chef and TV personality Tom Kerridge has donated a once-in-a-lifetime experience. His unique prize comprises of a four course tasting menu in The Shed by The Hand & Flowers for 10 guests, including champagne on arrival and a wine pairing per course. Tom and his team of chefs will carefully compose a selection of dishes, and a personal chef will assemble all of food in front of the winning bidder and their selected guests.
A raffle at the Haven House Women in Business Lunch 2018 raised £1,481. In December Dragons' Den investor Deborah Meaden hosted a Business Breakfast. The raffle raised £1,153.50 thanks to generous donors including The Sloane Club and Soho House.
Haven House celebrated International Women's Day on Tuesday 5th March 2019. The annual Women in Business Lunch raised £11,000. Raffle prizes sourced by myself raised £1,900 which was a terrific result. Donors included Irene Forte and White Calm Retreats.
Lord Sugar was interviewed by Sir Martin Sorrell at The Savoy on Thursday 6th June 2019. Many wonderful brands supported the raffle which raised £1,810. A VistaJet Bombardia Global 6000 model plane combined with 'The Art of Flying' by Josh Condon were auctioned raising £150. Afternoon Tea for Two at The Curtain Hotel & Members Club in Shoreditch also raised £150. A fantastic result!
January 2019 has been a wonderful month for donations. It's very inspiring to see such a fantastic response from new and existing donors. Richard Caring, Soho House, Mark Dixon, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE, The One Group, The Hippodrome, KATYA KATYA, Seckford Hall, SASSOON, Kristjana S Williams Studio, Irene Forte, Lee Stafford, The Dysart Petersham, White Calm Retreats, The Stafford London, Louise McNaught, Leanne Claxton, The James Dyson Foundation, Virgin Atlantic, The Curtain, Charlie Brear, Amly Botanicals, Firmdale Hotels, McLaren and Wiltons Holdings have all offered to donate prizes.
Palazzo Versace Dubai has made an amazing donation in April 2019. They are offering one lucky winner and a guest a three-night stay in a Grand Suite Creek View room including daily breakfast at Giardino Restaurant, one lunch at Vanitas and one dinner at Enigma, including soft beverages. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be auctioned at the annual Haven House Ball.
From its sweeping dimensions to the fine Italian marbles and mosaics, Palazzo Versace Dubai is reminiscent of a 16th century Italian Palace, fusing Neoclassic architecture with subtle traces of Arabic design. With 215 Italianate bedrooms and 169 luxury residences, accommodation immerses guests into the brand’s renowned glamour with furniture and fabrics designed and tailor-made by the House of Versace exclusively for the hotel. Guests can choose from three pools set amongst manicured tropical gardens, each offering unobstructed views over Dubai Creek and beyond. Eight contrasting dining venues feature menus from Michelin-starred chef Mansour Memarian, Director of Culinary at the hotel.
True to the roots of the renowned Italian fashion house, the hotel’s interiors reimagine the Versace lifestyle through the contemporary eyes of Donatella Versace, its Artistic Director. Combining grandeur and opulence with true craftsmanship and exquisite taste, the extraordinary permeates Palazzo Versace Dubai: the marble mosaic entrance a 1.5 million-tile masterpiece by Fantini Mosaici; the grand chandelier created with 3,000 kilograms of hand-blown bohemian glass, cascading from the ceiling hand-detailed in gold; louche watering hole Q’s Bar & Lounge is one of the hottest live music venues in the Middle East, personally curated by legendary musician and record producer Quincy Jones.
In 2018 I received a fantastic response from numerous donors. These are just a few examples of the prizes. A two night stay for two people at Chateau de Berne from Mark Dixon - Founder & Chief Executive Officer Regus plc. Nick Jones from Soho House has very kindly donated a two night stay at Babington House; a Georgian house with a Cowshed spa, indoor-outdoor pool, tennis courts, cricket pitch, 33 bedrooms and 18 acres of British countryside. Mahiki Kensington donated a wonderful prize. The prize includes a signature Mahiki Treasure Chest sharing cocktail. Up to ten people may accompany the lucky winner. The prize winner and their guests will also be able to use a complimentary table all night. Fine-dining restaurateur Richard Caring has very generously donated a meal for four at Scott's restaurant in Mount Street, Mayfair. The Curtain Hotel and Members' Club in Shoreditch has generously offered us a one-off exclusive experience for a pair of non-members. The lucky winners will enjoy Brunch and a bottle of bubbly in the rooftop Mediterranean restaurant. Weather permitting the winners can also enjoy the pool. A year-round dining destination, the day-to-night brasserie serves up fresh, seasonal fare with big sky views. LIDO is only open to hotel guests and Curtain members.
YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of one of Malaysia's most dynamic conglomerates, YTL Corporation Berhad. They have sponsored a 4 day and 3 night stay at Gaya Island Resort. Tucked amidst protected mangroves, sheltered coral reefs and curled around the pristine sandy coast of Malohom Bay rests Gaya Island Resort. Set on an island within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, discover a sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. With its youthful vibe and sun-dappled moments, this beachfront resort blends harmoniously with the natural environment featuring a collection of hillside villas with views that range from mangrove forests and the surrounding canopy to the outline of Mount Kinabalu. Villa interiors are contemporary and elegant, eco-luxury yet respectful of Sabahan elements. Discoveries, authentic experiences and a sense of intimacy with the natural world all prevail across the land and seascape of this resort offering travellers and families an escape that is distinctively Borneo. The resort is committed to ecologically-sustainable practices to minimise its carbon footprint within the environment.
The Dorchester Collection has been very generous and donated accommodation for one night in a suite at 45 Park Lane. This fabulous prize includes breakfast. 45 Park Lane is one of London's most iconic 5-star luxury hotels. It presents a fascinating blend of five-star service and the personalised attitude of an intimate boutique. Each guest room overlooks Hyde Park. 45 Park Lane has lived various lives, including one particularly glamorous adventure as The Playboy Club. Nicknamed ‘the hutch on the park’ this was a fashionable 1960s hangout for London’s rich and famous. I would like to thank Wolfgang Puck's team for helping me obtain this wonderful prize.
I am delighted to announce that Plan South America has created a bespoke vacation to Argentina for the Haven House Birthday Ball. Plan South America is a boutique specialist travel company delivering tailor made trips to Latin America and Antarctica. This prize worth roughly £3,000 includes a 2 night stay in a luxury Buenos Aires hotel with a personalised city tour, exclusive access to the Vergez collection with specialist art guide and a tango show with dinner at Rojo Tango. This extraordinary prize includes airport transfers, a 2 night stay in a luxury Buenos Aires hotel, exclusive access to the Vergez collection with an art guide, an evening Tango Show with dinner and 24/7 concierge by Plan South America who are on hand to secure restaurant reservations and any special requests.
Liberty London are offering an internship in their dynamic and fast paced communications team. This opportunity will give the winner responsibilities within the team by organising loans for shoots, having direct contact with magazines, assisting on events and have full exposure to the inside workings of a successful department within an iconic brand.
Dame Carolyn McCall, DBE and ITV donated 2 VIP audience tickets to visit the Loose Women Studios at ITV, London. The prize includes a meet & greet with the Loose Women, front row seats in the audience, a tour of the studios and a picture at the famous Loose Women desk. Every donation makes an enormous difference and my gratitude is therefore immeasurable. With your help I've been able to reach for the stars.
Hundreds of wonderful donors have supported 30 Donations
I'd like to thank Sir Andy Murray, Christian Louboutin, Boodles, Peter de Savary, Sir Martin Sorrell, Soho House, Philip Treacy OBE, Usain Bolt, Dame Helen Mirren, Kate Moss, Syco Entertainment, PVH Corp, Stephen Webster MBE and Jack Vettriano OBE.
We're incredibly grateful to the young fashion designers and artists who have supported us. Innovation & passion is at the heart of 30 Donations. Many thanks to Leanne Claxton, Kim Kwang, Phoebe English and photographer Josh Ludlow.
There are too many donors to list but none of this would be possible without their help.
West Ham Joint-Chairman David Sullivan has donated £7,000 to 30 Donations.
Johnson Banks Design very kindly donated their time by designing a logo and have helped me with branding. I am incredibly grateful and would highly recommend them.
Other donations include luxurious products and amazing experiences.
Entrepreneur Peter de Savary made an amazing contribution. Peter very generously supported two Haven House Balls by donating two spectacular auction prizes. A one week vacation at his home Azzurra Castle in Grenada, West Indies. The house has 4 principal en suite bedroom and 2 secondary en suite bedrooms and can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. Guests will be collected and returned to the airport. The house has a housekeeper, and a cook. Gillian Da Breo, who oversees the property, will be available to advise and assist the guests during their stay so they have the opportunity to appreciate the many interesting features of the island and make recommendations for dining options, excursions, etc. Whilst Azzurra is on the water’s edge with a swimming pool, the guests are entitled to enjoy the beach club “Savvys” at Peter de Savary's exclusive resort hotel Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club on the famed Grand Anse beach only a 10 minute drive away. Spa treatments are available at Mount Cinnamon.
Icelandic born artist Kristjana S Williams has been extraordinarily generous and donated an A1 Gull Fiskar print. Kristjana studied graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins and quickly gained critical acclaim as Creative Director of Beyond the Valley for 8 years. In 2011, Kristjana S Williams began creating fine art pieces, art prints, furniture and more. Kristjana’s inspiration lies heavily with layering nature upon nature and ‘the symmetry in all things living’, which stems from the artist’s childhood in Iceland. Her work has become well known throughout the industry winning numerous awards including a D&AD award, Clio Award and a first prize at New York Festivals Grand Prix. www.kristjanaswilliams.com
In 2017 Kristjana supported the Haven House Women in Business Lunch by donating World in the Clouds Skyline, in A0, framed float mount and in a white frame, worth £725.
Annoushka Ducas MBE has made the following donation:
"A special evening of champagne and jewellery for you and eleven of your chosen friends with founder Annoushka Ducas and Design Director, Liz Olver.
You will visit Annoushka’s Cadogan Gardens studio, see behind the scenes whilst Liz and Annoushka will talk about jewellery design and demonstrate how an Annoushka design evolves from the initial inspiration to an exquisite piece of jewellery.
Included as part of the evening you will have the opportunity to commission a pair of earrings from our Dusty Diamonds collection in a colour combination of your choice to keep & cherish."
Richard Desmond, owner and chairman of Northern and Shell plc and Martin Ellice Group Joint Managing Director have very kindly arranged for the Editor of the Daily Express to have lunch with the highest bidder at the annual Haven House ball in September.
Winton Capital donated £8,000 to Haven House.
Veteran music photographer Gered Mankowitz has donated a unique lenticular print of Jimi Hendrix. Lenticular printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. Gered has signed this unique piece and he is including a brief history of the artwork.
British photographer Amelia Troubridge has donated a portrait of Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne OBE. Eddie has very kindly added his autograph to the print. Amelia is a highly respected photographer, so we are delighted to have received her support.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World have donated another 5 day vacation at any of their luxurious boutique hotels. Every one of their 520 small, independent hotels has one thing in common: excellence. They carefully select each one to celebrate their individuality, quirks and character, but also make sure they are of a consistently high standard.
Sir Martin Sorrell and WPP very generously donated £500.
Celebrity and portrait photographer Nicky Johnston has been donating a photo shoot as a star auction prize. They take place at the home of the winning bidder. Nicky is a judge on Britain's Next Top Model and has spent 20 years photographing the rich & famous. His work regularly features in glossy publications. He has worked with stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Dame Helen Mirren and Tony Bennett. The lucky prize winner is guaranteed a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nicky's celebrity portraits can be viewed here: http://www.nickyjohnston.co.uk
Boodles, Britain's leading retailer of Fine Diamond Jewellery since 1798. They have donated a Circus White Gold Diamond Pendant.
British retail tycoon and philanthropist Richard Caring has supported us on two separate occasions by donating dinner for four at The Ivy. The Ivy restaurant has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since its foundation in 1917.
Chris Smith has very kindly donated a signed limited edition print of Muhammad Ali play fighting with The Beatles. His career in Sports Photography started at the Observer newspaper in 1970. Six years later he joined the The Sunday Times, where he worked for over thirty years. Chris has won The Sports Photographer of the Year award four times. A similar print raised $11,000 at a charity auction in New York. Metro Imaging has generously provided us with exceptional printing free of charge. All funds raised from the sale of “Ali versus The Beatles” will go directly to Haven House Children's Hospice.
Nick Jones MBE has been incredibly generous by donating a cabin for two nights midweek at Soho Farmhouse. Nick very generously made this donation on two separate occasions.
Soho Farmhouse is a member’s club in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside with 40 cabins, a four-bedroom cottage and a seven-bedroom farm house. Club spaces include the Main Barn and Mill Room for eating and drinking, a Boathouse with outdoor and indoor heated pools, Cowshed Relax spa with Steam and Sauna Island, and Cowshed Active with gym and studio. There is also an Electric Barn cinema, tennis courts, a five-a-side football pitch, horse stables, and a Teeny Barn and Camp.
Sally Greene OBE has been kind enough to offer us an amazing prize. Her ongoing support is greatly appreciated. Sally owns world-famous Soho jazz club, Ronnie Scott's. The prize is a VIP evening for four people.
Lady Petchey has very generously donated her time and skills as a Royal Sculptor. Bidders will get a chance to spend a day with Frances Segelman, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Frances has sculpted royalty including Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales. She has also sculpted a number of well-known celebrity personalities including most recently Joanna Lumley OBE.
Iconic designer Manolo Blahnik has donated a pair of Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik Rih-vi’s. The winning bidder can go to the Manolo Blahnik's Burlington Arcade store and choose either a light or dark blue pair in their correct size. Mr Blahnik will sign those shoes. The shoes are a product of a creative collaboration between Manolo Blahnik and Global superstar, Grammy Award®-winner and multi-platinum selling artist, Rihanna.
Kiki McDonough has been incredibly generous by donating a pair of Grace Citrine Stud Earrings. One of Kiki’s most popular styles, these simple and delicate earrings can be worn everyday. Each earring features a round citrine gemstone surrounded by small diamonds set in 18ct gold and can be paired with matching Grace pendants and rings. Kiki McDonough is a British jewellery designer. She owns a shop off Sloane Square in Chelsea, and her jewellery is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington.
The Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation kindly donated various luxurious prizes. Commonly referred to as PVH Corp, is an American clothing company which owns brands such as Van Heusen, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.
Please send auction prizes to this address:
30 Donations - Haven House Children's Hospice
The White House, High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LB