The travel industry has come together to raise funds for Ukraine by donating trips to a charity auction launched this week. Travel for Ukraine there are close to 50 parcels of land to take up (more than £100,000 in total), with all the money going to support refugees displaced by the conflict.

Hosted by Kathryn Brierley, executive director of Healthy holiday company and in: spa retreat, cooperation with PR . agency Travel tonicAuction runs until 8 May. Bids have gone up to £50,000 and hotels and tour operators are still signing up, with more options on offer all the time.

The starting price for bids is around 40% of the actual value, with bids as low as £200 and as high as £5,200 for a £13,000 ride. Offers range from houseboat vacations to wellness breaks and stays at luxury resorts.

Among the UK’s options is a crowded holiday in Penhein in Monmouthshire, a bed and breakfast in Fritton Lake in a rewilding project in Norfolk and two nights at the world’s first all-zero hotel, room2in Chiswick, west London. Soul & Surf is offering a surfing and yoga course in the Algarve, while upscale options include a luxury stay in Soneva Kiri in Thailand and health resort in Ananda Spa in the Himalayas of India.

“Like everyone, I was watching the news and felt like I really wanted to do something to help,” Brierley said. “The incredible work done by the #cookforukraine movement has really inspired me to see if travel industry partners would like to join forces and put together an impressive auction of trips. or not.”

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A stay at the Totally Sustainable Room 2 in West London is one of those

The auction is raising funds for Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Fund to help 11 million people who have fled the conflict. The funds will go a long way: £100 can provide emergency food for two families for a month; £50 can pay for blankets for four families.

Brierley continued: “The feedback has been overwhelming and I know we’ve only scratched the surface. “It is likely that other lots will be added to the auction within the next week. I am especially grateful for everyone’s support as all of these businesses have been hit hard over the past few years by the pandemic.”

Bidding sessions are open until 11.59pm on Sunday, May 8, when the winner of each lot will be announced.

In another initiative, travel journalist and hotel expert Ianthe Butt launched an online charity lottery for Ukraine. Tickets are £5 and offers the chance to win one of 18 one- or two-night stays at some of Britain’s finest boutique hotels, including Albion Rooms in Margate, Harper in Norfolk, Cary Arms in Devon and Leven in Manchester. The lottery ends at 5pm on April 28, with winners announced shortly thereafter.

To bid on Travel for Ukraine auction lotsvisit Hotel or travel agency maybe donate a ride to the auction on the same site


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