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Salsa Frenzy – 17th anniversary fundraiser

Join us to celebrate La Vida’s 17th anniversary on 22th March to help raise funds for our health, education and environment projects throughout Latin America. Buy tickets via Justgiving
We have some exciting items for our auction on the evening as well as a raffle. If you are not attending the evening and would still like to bid on one of the items or purchase raffles, please contact us before the event. Thank you to everyone that has kindly donated items for our raffle and auction.

Auction Prizes

One week stay at Luxury Villa in Coastal Andalucia

Vlla Cielo in Tierra

Villa Cielo en la Tierra is a beautiful private home, with five luxurious en suite double bedrooms can cater for up to ten guests in total. There is also air conditioning in all bedrooms.
Blackout dates: Easter, July, August and Christmas/New Year. Valid for 12 months from 1st January 2024. Requires additional £500 contribution to cover cleaning and admin costs.

Value: c.£5000 Starting bid £1,750k Donated by Reg Hoare

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Villa Cielo en la Tierra (literally “Heaven on Earth house”) is a beautiful private home built specifically to cater for the best in villa holiday rentals, with a design reflecting the best features of modern villas and five star hotels. Five luxurious en suite double bedrooms can cater for up to ten guests in total. For flexibility, two of the rooms have the option of either being made up as twin bedded rooms or as doubles. There is also air conditioning in all bedrooms.

The villa is located on the exclusive Monte Mayor Country Club which is one of top private estates on the Costa del Sol and is the perfect location for your summer holiday villa rental. See for more information


The ground floor opens onto a covered terrace for eating and entertaining “al fresco”. Open plan and very large, double heighted reception room (8 x 5.7 metres). The Reception room features a 40 inch flat screen HD television with a SKY satellite system and DVD /CD player. Guest Cloakroom. Open plan Kitchen and Dining Room (7 x 4.5 metres). The Dining Room seats ten for dinner parties. The Kitchen includes a double oven, microwave, two refrigerators(one for drinks), freezer, dishwasher and breakfast bar. Utility Room with washing machine. Unlimited Wi-Fi.

Two bedroom wing with double bedroom opening onto garden, with en-suite bathroom, and twin/double bedroom also opening onto garden, with en-suite shower bathroom.


Main entrance tower and open plan staircase to ground floor. Mezzanine gallery. Terrace with stunning views. Master double bedroom opening onto the terrace with en-suite bathroom, separate WC and bidet, bath and shower. Two bedroom wing with double bedroom with private Juliet balcony and en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, and twin/double bedroom with en-suite shower bathroom and private Juliet balcony.


Mirador (roof terrace) with access from garden.


The magnificent 10 x 5 metre infinity pool takes full advantage of the beautiful views. The pool has a comfortable uniform depth of 1.6 metres.


The estate also offers beautiful scenery in spectacular natural surroundings, and abundant natural fauna and flora (including birds of prey, deer, wild boar and game birds). There are several local riding stables, including at the next door Marbella Club estate. The nearest tennis club is also close to the beach (both around 15 minutes drive). Other children’s activities in the area include water parks, safari parks and other attractions.

It is close to a number of well known and highly regarded golf courses, all within a short drive. Nearest the villa is the next door Marbella Club Golf Resort; also very close are Alerfini and Los Flamingos (both located at the Villa Padierna hotel); the 9 hole El Higueral; the two courses at Atalaya; the two courses at Guadalmina; and 27 holes at La Quinta (home of professional tournaments on the European Seniors and Ladies Tour). Within 20 minutes drive are Aloha, Las Brisas and Los Naranjos and within 45 minutes Finca Cortesin, San Roque, Sotogrande and Valderrama.


There are three distinctive weather zones in Andalucia; the classic Mediterranean climate of the coastal zone (where the villa is located), the very hot inland lowland zone (around Sevilla) and the cooler and wetter inland highland zone (around Granada).

The coastal zone boasts hot summers, with sunbathing almost every day from June to September, with virtually no rain, daily highs about 35c and nightly lows around 15c with relatively low humidity. Warm evenings allow outdoor dining most nights. The mild and pleasant winters boast a mixture of beautiful clear, warm sunny days with overcast and cooler or wetter days. First rains are late September or early October, and rarely last more than a day or two usually clearing during the day to allow outdoor activities to recommence. Winter daily highs about 20c and nightly lows rarely much below 10c.

Historic weather statistics show that on average the sun shines for rarely less than 23 days per month (over 300 days per year) and usually for at least six hours per day even in the winter months. March and November are the wettest months with on average seven rainy days with January, March, November and December being the least sunny.

Latin News full service annual subscription.

Includes LatinNews Daily, Latin America Weekly Report, Latin American Economy & Business, Latin American Security & Strategic Review, Latin American Special Reports, LatinNews Country Database , online access to 50 year archive.

Value: £3800. Starting bid: £300.  Donated by Latin News

A eclectic guided wine tasting evening for eight people

glasses of pinot noir tasting

With many years’ experience at wine clubs, tastings and visiting wine regions over the world this ” wine geek ” will take you on a tour of his cellar through several comparative tastings.  Expect a mix  of Rieslings, Pinot Noirs, Syrah and a few other wines that will showcase how the grape variety can grow to produce significantly different wines based on regions, vintage and terroir.Expect detailed maps, producer and vintage notes and a lot of fun along the way. A total of 8 wines will be poured and wine tasting glasses are provided. The winner can also opt to receive the wines and the notes to taste at their own pace.

Value: £700 Starting bid £300 Donated by Martin Autotte
Tasting at winner’s house in London (zone 1 and 2)

A Spa experience for two at The Peak Health Club and Spa

Set across three floors and offering 360 degree views of the iconic London skyline, The Peak Fitness Club and Spa at The Carlton Tower Jumeirah has been completely reimagined as the most exclusive private member’s health and wellness clubs in the capital. Offering state of the art facilities including a naturally lit 20m pool. The Peak retakes its position at the forefront of London’s luxury wellness world.

Prize includes 1 hour massage, buffet lunch with choice of health drink and use of the spa for two people
Value: £500. Starting bid: £300.  Donated by The Peak Fitness Club and Spa

London Art Gallery tour for 4 people with art collector Angie Koulakoglou

A half-day tour of West End galleries showcasing the best of contemporary art.  The exact itinerary will depend on current exhibitions, however it will include museum-quality displays as well as exciting work by lesser-known emerging artists. To be followed by (optional) lunch and further discussion with your tour guide. Please note: cost of lunch not included.
Value £400. Starting Bid £200 Donated by Angie Koulakoglou

Private book club evening with author

Private book club evening with author Isabelle Dupuis to discuss her novel ‘Living the Dream’. Living the Dream depicts the glamorous yet flawed lives of two immigrant women in pre and post Brexit London. This layered and captivating novel is at times out loud funny and other times heartbreaking, yet we are constantly charmed by its narrator and her muse, or rather her muses, which include Colombia, Haiti, England, and beyond.

Isabelle Dupuy grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, studied and lived in the USA and moved to London twenty years ago with a job in the City.

Approx value: £500. Starting bid: £250
Hosted in NW3 or the Groucho Club.

Covett luxury jewellery annual membership subscription

Covett is unlocking the value in fine jewellery by providing access to our Covett Vault through an annual subscription. It is the perfect gift for any jewellery lover or enthusiast.Silver membership includes two loans per year for 5 consecutive days each loan.

Value: £360 Starting bid £200.  Donated by Covett

Dinner for two in Charlie’s at Brown’s

The menus at Charlie’s celebrate British culinary heritage with creative, contemporary flair, while embracing a bygone era of service.

Overseen by Adam Byatt, produce and its provenance and seasonality are of utmost importance, and each dish comprises authentic ingredients personally sourced by the team from the highest quality suppliers across the world.

Value: £250 Starting bid: £175  Donated by: Charlie’s

Two Press Night tickets for Hampstead theatre main stage production

The modern off-West End theatre has a history of robust productions with wide-ranging appeal.
With its versatile main auditorium, the modern building of Hampstead Theatre is home to a host of meaty offerings since it was first founded in 1959, from new work by new playwrights and new work from old ones too. The likes of Debbie Tucker Green, Dennis Kelly and Mike Leigh have all had shows on in the early days of their careers, and the theatre has a history of its robust productions transferring to the West End.

Approx value: £200 Starting bid: £100  Donated by: Hampstead Theatre

Private piano concert in your home with José Navarro-Silberstein

José is an accomplished soloist currently on the Artist Diploma programme at the Royal College of Music in London, under the guidance of Norma Fisher. He has performed with many philharmonic orchestras around the world is a prize winner at the Anton Rubinstein Piano Competition in Düsseldorf, Tbilisi International Piano Competition in Georgia, International Competition Young Academy Award in Rome, among many others. 

Value: £1000. Starting bid: £700.

Private a capella opera recital in your home performed by Naomi Rogers

Naomi is a soprano from Suffolk with a Master of Music in Performance degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Northern College of Music. She has worked with many of the UKs top opera platforms, such as Opera Holland Park and BBC1. Location must be in London or within M25


Approx value: £500   Starting bid: £250.

Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Crus Collection’ Assortment Case

A limited collectors mixed case of 8 Grand Crus of Barbaresco from the fantastic 2013 vintage produced by Produttori del Barbaresco.  This is a rare opportunity to gain unparallel insight into the unique terroirs of Barbaresco.

Donated by Martin Autotte.

Approx value: £500   Starting bid: £250.

Padel lesson

Private Padel lesson with UK No. 1 Jorge Martinez and one Padel or Pickleball Social Session at Rocks Lane Multi Sports and Padel Centre in Chiswick. Approx value: £100. Starting bid: £50.

Donated by Rocks Lane

Approx value: £100   Starting bid: £50.

Raffle Prizes

  • 1st Prize: Lunch or Dinner for two people at critically lauded Mexican restaurant Santo Remedio, London Bridge.
  • 2nd Prize: One Nutrition Consultation with Food Scientist and Nutritionist Cecilia Linares, MSc . Donated by Cecilia Linares
  • 3rd Prize: ‘Mariposa Monarca’ Silk scarf byMexican designer Pineda Covalin donated by Ivonne Cantu
  • 4th Prize: £100 voucher for  Bluebella , luxurious lingerie donated by Eva Pascoe
  • 5th Prize: Dogs & Cats Grooming prize donated by Laura Laurence
  • 6th/ 7th/8th Prize: Bacardi hampers donated by Rigoberto Chavez
  • 9th Prize: Curated box of craft chocolate Cocoa Runners.donated by Martin Autotte
  • 10th Prize: The South American Wine Guide by Amanda Barnes
  • 11th Prize: Bottle of Prosecco donated by Bar Salsa
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