The Tank Museum has launched a public appeal to raise £25,000 for its Vehicle Conservation Centre with news of an internet auction for a very special prize.
To help raise vital funds to match the recently awarded grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Dorset based charity is inviting bids for a once in a lifetime experience to take place at the Museum's third Tiger Day
on Saturday 30th March 2013.
“We’re offering the winning bidder two Premium Tickets to our Tiger Day event,” said Museum spokesman Nik Wyness, “But the highlight of this lot is a ride for one in Tiger 131 – the world’s only working example of a World War Two Tiger 1 tank.”
The Museum hopes that the auction, being held on eBay from Thursday 22nd November 2012 , will raise several thousand pounds for the VCC Appeal.
“Tiger 131 is our most famous exhibit,” added Nik. “Few living people can claim to have ridden in a World War Two Tiger Tank and so we are hoping that this auction will attract a good deal of attention from Tiger enthusiasts around the world.”
The Tank Museum is currently raising money for a new 40,000 sq ft publicly accessible building called the Vehicle Conservation Centre (right)
. It will store around 120 vehicles which are currently stored out of public sight and in poor environmental conditions. The Heritage Lottery Fund pledged £2.5m towards the project in August.
“Bidders stand a chance of winning a once in a lifetime experience, the proceeds of which will make a significant contribution to helping us achieve our ambitions to ensure that all the vehicles in our collection are stored undercover for the first time ever.” said Nik.
This is the first in a series of fundraising activities as the Museum attempts to reach its target. To find out more about the VCC and ways to donate, click here
“Don’t worry if your bidding is unsuccessful,” Nik added. “We will be posting out raffle tickets to randomly selected Tank Times
readers shortly – and the Top prize will be ride in Tiger 131.”The link to the eBay auction will be posted on this website and our Facebook page when it is live on the 22nd November. To find out more about The Tank Museum’s Vehicle Conservation Centre, click here.
For more information about Tiger Day 2013, click here.
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