274 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 The owner of a £1m Knightsbridge flat is offering it as a £5 raffle prize, with a proportion of the proceeds from entries going to London homeless charities.Lord Roger Hickman, the owner of the property, decided to launch the Win A Knightsbridge Flat competition after previously trying to sell the flat, to both find a new owner and help some of the city’s homeless charities.The ground floor flat has a double bedroom, a separate sleeping area with a full sized bunk bed, a bathroom and a large reception room. It was offered for sale by a local estate agency over a year ago for nearly a million pounds, and is close to Knightsbridge Green, Sloane Street and the National History Museum.Entries to the competition are £5 each, and Lord Hickman hopes to sell 300,000 tickets in order to cover costs including bank charges, stamp duty, legal fees, and charity donations, with the aim of selling up to 500,000 tickets in total to enable a bigger donation to homeless charities.Lord Hickman will donate 5% of all the first 300,000 paid entry ticket sales to homeless charities, named as Emmaus, Shelter, and Crisis in an interview in Get West London. According to the same interview, Lord Hickman wishes to sell the flat to buy a property in the country nearer his 100-year-old mother, and the draw will be undertaken by someone nominated by the Charity Commission.If the target of 300,000 entries is achieved before the closing date of 15 December, all additional ticket sale revenue will also be donated, minus a percentage to cover finance and marketing costs. Should the competition not hit its target of 300,000 paid entries by 15 December, the owner will choose to either determine that the property has been won, extend the competition, or offer the cash as prize. Either way, the charities will still receive a portion of the ticket price.House sales for charityHere are three more current properties up for sale that will generate a donation to charity:• Win A Country House is offering £25,000 to St John’s Hospice and £5,000 to National Youth Advocacy Service. It closes at the end of this month. 273 total views, 3 views today Advertisement Tagged with: competition London Raffles Melanie May | 19 July 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 • Win Your Dream Home is offering £25,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support. It also closes in December 2017. • HomeRaffler is offering £25,000 to Psoriasis Association and £25,000 to Wateraid from the sale of a house in Westcombe Park, South East London. It closes in December 2017. Knightsbridge flat raffle to give percentage of proceeds to homeless charities About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through a sometimes grueling “exit interview” about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Below, Cinderella star Laura Osnes, who won the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a Musical and garnered a Tony nod, looks back the friends she made (including fellow BACA winner and Tony nominee Santino Fontana!) while starring in the hit Rodgers & Hammerstein tuner. What was the highlight of your time in Cinderella? One of my favorite days was when the Tony nominations were announced. Such excitement, joy, gratitude, and cheerfulness filled the air at the theater that evening. But, mostly, just getting to tell such an iconic story with this fabulous cast—I love the backstage moments and traditions we all have that make me smile every show! Laura Osnes How did you feel when you first got the job? I was thrilled and honored when producer Robyn Goodman called to say she wanted me to play Cinderella in the developmental reading of the show a couple years ago. I feel so blessed that I got to remain with the project through a successful Broadway run! Related Shows Rebecca Luker What was the hardest thing? Facing so many cuts and edits during previews. Favorite moments/songs were eliminated, new lines were added at a moment’s notice, trying to make new jokes land, working through kinks in the script… Plus, it’s the busiest time, between rehearsing every day, performing every night, and typically doing a dozen press events leading up to opening night, ha! Cinderella How do you feel now that you’re leaving? It’s always bittersweet. I am ready for a change and excited to be taking on a new challenge, but it’s going to be very hard to say goodbye to my cast and to Ella, who has been a part of me for the past two years. Santino Fontana Employee Name: Laura Osnes Victoria Clark Why are you leaving? I’m moving on to do The Threepenny Opera off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. Harriet Harris What was the easiest thing about starring in the show? The wedding scene, because I didn’t have to talk or sing, and it meant the show was over, haha! What will you miss most? I’ll miss laughing with Santino everyday and getting to play with my friends, especially my dressers, Tammy and Carrie. I’ll miss the glances I have on stage with orchestra conductor Andy Einhorn, and hearing the awe-filled applause of the audience when the magic happens. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Star Files Job You’re Leaving: Cinderella in Cinderella What advice would you give? The transformational quick changes are a piece of cake with a bit of practice! Be patient with yourself, drink lots of water, remember to breathe, and above all, HAVE FUN! How do you think you’ve grown during your time in Cinderella? I get teary-eyed reminiscing about my journey with Cinderella. I’m now two years older, I’m richer in friendships and in memories, I’m learning how to pace myself—when to push through or when to be okay with taking a break, and I’ve grown from watching and working with the brilliance of Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris and Rebecca Luker. And Ella has definitely instilled a greater desire in me to be generous, kind, and forgiving. What are three words you would use to describe your experience in Cinderella? Joyful. Magical. Rigorous. What skills do you think are required for who steps into Cinderella’s glass slippers? Cardiovascular stamina—must be able to constantly be out of the breath and still be able to sing! And for extra credit, a kind heart, a generous spirit, a gentle confidence, and a belief in the “impossible.” View All (5)