THE high sheriff is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for communities in Cumbria through an online auction and prize draw.

From now until December 6, the auction is online with the following among the lots to bid on a luxury two-night spa break for two at the Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa with dinner in the Blue Smoke Restaurant; a five-night rental of a Swift motorhome; a Liverpool shirt signed by the team; a ride in a 1923 Bentley; and a cruise in a retro skippered boat.

Julie Barton, the high sheriff, said: “There are many worthy organisations in Cumbria that hold communities together.

“The grants that Cumbria Community Foundation provide are vital in helping local people and our communities to thrive.

“I am delighted to be able to hold this online auction and prize draw in support of Cumbria Community Foundation by raising funds for the High Sheriff’s General Fund.”

“I am also very grateful indeed to all the local businesses and individuals who have stepped forward with such excellent lots for both the auction and prize draw.

“Their generosity has been outstanding.”

All of the money raised through the auction will go into the High Sheriff’s General Fund, which is administered by Cumbria Community Foundation.

This money will go to local organisations to improve the lives of people across the county.

Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “It has been a very unusual year for the High Sheriff of Cumbria with the presence of Covid-19, but this hasn’t stopped Julie from assisting and promoting the work of Cumbria Community Foundation and local charities, and helping to raise the profile of the valuable work we do.

“We are grateful for her continued support and for the amazing range of auction and raffle prizes that have been so generously donated.”