National Trust Summer RafflePosted: 2009-06-21
Anyone who frequents these pages knows that I am a big supporter of the National Trust (and other similar organisations like Cadw and the National Trust for Scotland). Now Trust members can help preserve British heritage, and at the same time get a chance to win some pretty nifty prizes, including a special tour of HRH the Prince of Wales's gardens at Highgrove.
The Trust is holding a Summer Raffle to raise funds to save Seaton Delaval Hall, in Northumberland, one of the last houses left by 18th-century Baroque master architect Sir John Vanbrugh. Vanbrugh, the designer of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, built Seaton Delaval Hall for George Delaval in 1718.
The Hall is an architectural treasure, a Grade I listed building that has been called the 'Geordie Versailles'. The National Trust desperately needs funds to repair and restore the building.
To that end they have put together a raffle with some intriguing prizes:
- £10,000 cash
- A champagne weekend for 2 at a historic hotel
- Tickets to a garden tour of Highgrove House
- A week-long stay at a National Trust holiday cottage
Tickets are only £1, and the draw will take place on 14 October 2009.
Note: This draw is only open to National Trust members. Entry forms were sent out in May and June, so you should have received them already. Visit the Trust website for more details on the Summer Raffle.
If you are not a member yet, don't despair! From March to November, most National Trust properties sell raffle tickets for preservation projects at that specific property. So all you have to do is buy a ticket whenever you visit a participating property and you'll help support preservation work at that property. Or, just decide that now is the time to become a member!