Downton star's high tea auction

Last updated 16:03 14/09/2012
Hugh Bonneville

HIGH TEA: One lucky bidder will win a high tea with Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, as part of Starship's Spring Clean fundraiser.

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A chance for High Tea with Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville is being auctioned as part of Starship's Spring Clean fundraiser.

Prime and Sky TV have donated the experience to support the annual fundraiser for the Auckland hospital.

The package, which will be listed on Trade Me from September 13-20, includes flights from main centres to Auckland for the 60-minute High Tea with Bonneville on either the 26th, 27th or 28th of September. Transport will also be provided if the lucky winning bidder lives in Auckland.

Bonneville, who is a patron of London children's charity Scene & Heard and international medical relief charity Merlin, was delighted to offer his time in support of the cause.

"I'm truly looking forward to meeting the auction winner and encourage all Kiwis to support Starship's Spring Clean however they can; whether they are interested in High Tea with me or one of the other fantastic "money-can't-buy" auctions that are running as part of this event."

Starship Spring Clean asks New Zealanders to clean up and sell their old items in support of the  national children's hospital and also offers exclusive money-can't-buy items and experiences for the public to bid on.

Other items up for grabs include kayaker Lisa Carrington's 2011 World Championship suit; a Breakers game day experience; CDs signed by Justin Bieber, Duffy and Ronan Keating; an equestrian teddy bear signed by Olympic medallist Mark Todd; Scott Dixon-signed racing gear; a Steiff toy camel; a blow-up remote controlled shark - with a shark dive experience at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World; an entire teddy bear collection; and an original dress from the World of Wearable Arts.

To sell Starship Spring Clean items on Trade Me, visit

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