A Cool £250,000 for Children in Need

We’ve been swept away by the Strictly Come Dancing competition and eaten more than our body weight in charity baked goods – it can only mean it’s time to empty our pockets for a brilliant cause, Children in Need.


Left to right: Vassos Alexander, Tim Henman, Pat Cash, John Inverdale, Stephen Farrow, Chris Evans

On Monday, The Aegon Championships and The Breakfast Show, hosted by Chris Evans, showed us all how it’s done by raising more than £250,000 for the charity.

What was on offer? The Ultimate Tennis package, of course! The eight highest bidders will pick out names at the official Aegon Championships draw; play the Pudsey Pro-Am with the stars of the tournament and get gardening tips from The Queen’s Club’s Grounds Manager, Graham Kimpton. They will also receive a tour of the player lounge, pose with the trophy and nab the best seats in the house to watch a day’s play.

Pretty exhausting stuff, right? All eight bidders will also get to spend the day enjoying our very own Roof Garden hospitality – a beautiful and contemporary suite built from scratch each year (see here for package details).

Green with envy yet? No? Well, the top two bidders will get exclusive tennis tips from Andy Murray and the winner of the Pro-Am tournament will also conduct the coin toss for an opening match on Centre Court at The Queen’s Club.

If that wasn’t enough, the winning bidders will also get to play on the Royal Albert Hall court; enjoy a backstage tour; and ask John McEnroe a question on The Tennis Podcast. Inverdale and Judy Murray will host a dinner for ‘the eight’ at Theo Randall’s Michelin Star restaurant. They will then be given Wimbledon tickets and a tour of the commentary box,

The eight winning bids ranged between £20,000 and £35,000 – adding up to an impressive total of £250,215. The show’s ‘White Knight’ then matched the top bid to make a total of £285,000.


If you’re interested in joining the winners of the brilliant auction at the Roof Garden next year – click the button below.

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