Justin Brown is offering a one-to-one cookery lesson.
LAST year it raised £14,000 for the hospice and now it is back bigger and, hopefully, better.
The Grand Hospice Auction at Newport’s Bargeman’s Rest pub has already attracted more than 50 lots and by the event date of May 18, it is hoped there will be still more to help the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
You can bid for a one-to-one cookery lesson with Justin Brown at the Farringford; a day with another top chef, Alan Staley, at the Royal, Ventnor, and lots of other mouthwatering food-based prizes.
On the sporting side, there are days out at Sandown Park and Newbury races, tickets to an England v South Africa cricket match at the Rosebowl or a Bournemouth FC match, and a Manchester United shirt, signed by England defender Phil Jones.
If it is a great day out you fancy bidding for, there are chances to secure VIP tickets to the New Forest Show, a Virgin balloon ride for two or an overnight New Forest stay with a visit to Ringwood Brewery thrown in.
As well as the 50 lots already pledged, Jane Gibbs, co-owner of the Bargeman’s, who is organising the event, is on the lookout for more.
"I am particularly looking for more 'experience’ type lots, where people will give their expertise for people to bid for. It could be gardening, design or any other sort of skill people can offer."
Invitations to the event, in exchange for a £5 per head donation to the hospice, will go out soon.
Jane said people had been so generous last year she had tried to go to others for lots this time.
"But the people who donated last year just came to us and offered things. Everyone has been so kind in this excellent cause."
Anybody with any lots to offer can contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org