Lunch date with actor Bill Nighy is among auction items

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Lunch with the popular British actor Bill Nighy is a charity auction’s latest money-can’t-buy item.

Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Charity Auction will see someone treated to lunch with the critically acclaimed actor at a central London restaurant.

The lucky bidder will also have the chance to chat one-to-one about some of his much loved roles, including Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Boat that Rocked.

Gina Long, friend of Sir Bobby Robson and founder of the auction in his name, said: “Sir Bobby was the ultimate gentleman and it’s so touching to see another of our country’s leading men, Bill Nighy, show his respect and admiration for Sir Bobby by donating to our incredible auction.

“I am overwhelmed by Bill Nighy’s donation and I know I’ll certainly be bidding for this lunch. We encourage everyone to register for the online auction now as to not miss out on this amazing auction item.”

Other prizes up for grabs include a luxury world cruise, a celebrity golf day, lunch with Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre-Villas Boas and VIP tickets to the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco by private ‘Eclipse’ jet.

The auction, which is aiming to raise £1 million for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and two Suffolk hospitals, will run from October 10–27.

To register, go to www.sir bobbysbreakthrough.com

This week’s top auction prizes are:

Lunch with Bill Nighy - One lucky bidder will win a lunch with one of Britain’s greatest actors, Bill Nighy, at a central London restaurant. Donated by Bill Nighy.

Piers Morgan Life Stories - This unique experience allows two people VIP tickets to an ITV Piers Morgan’s Life Stories recording in London with incredible Green Room Access. Donated by Piers Morgan.

Gazza’s shirt - One lucky bidder will walk away with Paul Gascoigne’s pre-World Cup Italia ‘90s training game shirt. After a game against Tunisia, England hotshot Gazza dug out his England 19 shirt from the bottom of his kit bag and gave it to Giacomo Malvermi, Sir Bobby’s Italia ’90 translator. Donated by Giacomo Malvermi.

David Walliams’ Children’s Books - British comedian, actor, author and national treasure, David Walliams, has donated a signed set of his own children’s books.

Play on St George’s Park - This auction item will see one lucky company enjoy a League Managers Association (LMA) Corporate Football Tournament with a minimum of three six-a-side games played on the very same pitch used by the England senior team, St George’s Park. This once-in-a-lifetime package includes a full playing kit for all members of the squad, management by a LMA member, FA qualified coaches facilitating the match, pre and post-match food and drink and a prize-giving and Q&A session with LMA Ambassadors. Donated by The LMA.

Hintlesham Golf Course - Enjoy a fabulous day’s golf followed by an overnight stay in one of Hintlesham Hall’s superior rooms for four people. This package also includes a delicious three-course Table D’Hôte dinner and full English breakfast, as well as a round of golf or a relaxing spa treatment per person. Donated by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Adnams Copper House Distillery - Enjoy a day experience at the Adnams Copper House Distillery in Southwold, makers of the world’s best gin, as judged by the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013. Donated by Adnams, Southwold.