BURLEY-in-Wharfedale’s Wharfedale Refugee Response is running an auction of promises to raise money to support asylum seekers and refugees in Bradford and Leeds.

More than 100 local businesses and residents have donated everything from holidays to meals and guitar lessons to babysitting services. Each ‘promise’ will be auctioned online.

Bidding in the online auction begins at 9am on Saturday (July 2) and closes at 8pm on Sunday, July 10. The highest bidder on each lot will be declared the winner of that promise.

Among the wide array of goodies up for grabs include a one-night stay and dinner at the stunning Another Place Hotel by Ullswater in the Lake District. Other lots include a half-day private photography lesson with the award-winning Burley-based Rich Bunce Walking Photographer, a large organic seasonal fruit and veg box from the Waste Not shop on Main Street and three hours’ online selling tuition from local vintage business Alfie Robot Retro.

A family in the village is offering the loan of Lego sets during the summer, restaurants, cafes and delis have pledged packages, and dog walkers, bakers, tutors, gardeners, fitness coaches and many more are donating their time and expertise for the cause. Local artists including Laura Alice and Vicky Morse have provided their work for the auction, and there are advanced driving sessions, dry stone walling tuition and language lessons available to bid on too.

Sarah O'Mahony of Wharfedale Refugee Response said: “We are delighted with the response from businesses and individuals alike. To have more than 100 lots means that there will definitely be something for everyone, whether you want to bid for a luxury break or a homemade lemon drizzle cake! Every promise, big or small, helps us support local charities who are working so hard to make life easier for refugees who are going through an unimaginably traumatic time.”

You can find the auction and browse the available lots at https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/wharfedalerefugeeresponse.

All the profits from the auction will be shared between PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) in Leeds, Leeds Refugee Forum and Horton Community Farm. It will fund their vital work supporting asylum seekers and refugees including social projects aimed at reducing isolation and improving mental health, such as:

● The Leeds Refugee Forum women’s wellbeing group

● Horton Community Farm sanctuary seekers gardening group

● Young people’s film nights and day trips at PAFRAS