The Distillers Charity Auction is a unique event organised by The Worshipful Company of Distillers that will take place on 10th April 2018 at Mercers' Hall in London. Hosted by international auction house, Christie's, the Distillers' Charity Auction will include some of the rarest and most collectable whiskies in the world.
Tickets are available to purchase and more information can be found in the Event section.
The evening will start with a drinks reception starting at 5.30pm, with the auction starting at 6.45pm and the evening finishing at 8pm.
The dress code for the Auction is Black Tie.
Tickets to attend are available at £100 per person (including booking fee) and can be purchased by clicking the button below.
Charitable giving is at the heart of life in our Livery. Distillers' Charity mission is to make a difference to young people, including those within the trade, by providing alcohol education, training and other valued opportunities.
The vision of the Distillers' Charity Auction is to increase our impact across the areas of need where our charitable work is focused. The Charity Auction will support the following specific causes.
Securing our long-term ability to contribute to making a difference to the lives of young people
Distillers' Charity's mission is to make a difference to young people with a focus on working in three key areas. In alcohol-related education our charitable funding supports the drink's industry charity, The Benevolent providing alcohol awareness programmes for the trade. The Charity has a long-term partnership with Alcohol Education Trust, helping to deliver alcohol education in schools to enable young people to understand alcohol. In 2017 a new relationship began with Action on Addiction supporting the Hope House bursary programme for women. Distillers' Charity continues to support the education and training of people in the trade. This includes funding scholarships at the Heriot-Watt International Centre for Brewing & Distilling, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The Master's charity, The Lord Mayor's Appeal and other City-related charities represent another important area in the Livery's charitable giving.
The majority of the funds raised in the auction will benefit the Distiller's Charity endowment, which will help to sustain the Livery's philanthropic giving over the long-term.
Creating opportunities for young people in London to thrive
OnSide Youth Zones is one of the charities selected by the Lord Mayor's Appeal in their campaign to develop A Better City for All building London as a place that is inclusive, healthy, skilled and fair. OnSide, a nationally acclaimed charity, has one simple aim, to develop a network of 21st Century Youth Clubs. The Youth Zones, located in deprived areas, are designed to give young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to in their leisure time; occupying their bodies and minds with fun activities, learning new skills and socialising in a safe, positive way.
Funding from the Auction going to the Lord Mayor's Appeal will provide support for the new Barking & Dagenham Onside Youth Zone, opening in 2019.
It has been amazing to see my daughter outgrow her fears and get involved more with other children of all ages and disabilities. OnSide Parent feedback
Improving alcohol education for young people in Scotland
The vision of Alcohol Education Trust (AET) is for young people to enter adulthood having a responsible understanding of alcohol and its effects. AET engage children of all abilities and backgrounds before they begin drinking, helping them build resilience skills, to know how to avoid and resist risky situations and to look after themselves and each other in a variety of settings. AET develops and uses evidenced based, positive and engaging approaches that delay youth drinking and reduce binge drinking ensuring that young people stay safer around alcohol.
Funding from the Auction will be earmarked to support AET to develop their educational outreach activities covering Scotland for the benefit of children.
The resources from AET have been hugely appreciated, they have enabled our pupils to review their thoughts and misconceptions around alcohol in an interactive and engaging way that has fuelled positive and reflective discussions. The Compass School, Southampton
Distillers' Charity acknowledges the support of the following charitable organisations, which have provided core funding for the Auction.
A generous legacy grant was made by the Diageo Foundation to provide kick-start funding to help to make the Distillers' Charity Auction a fundraising programme that is sustainable in the long-term.
Further donations towards supporting the Auction were also received from:
The Morrison Foundation & William Grant Foundation
About the Company
The Worshipful Company of Distillers is a livery company of The City of London.
Granted a Royal Charter by Charles I in 1638, it was given the power to exercise a monopoly and regulate the distilling trade within the cities of London and Westminster.
The values of integrity, generosity and fellowship that governed the Company more than 370 years ago live on, alongside the Distillers' aim to be at the hub of today's vibrant spirits industry.
The Company's year begins in November with the installation of a new Master, followed by a calendar of events including a Livery Banquet at Mansion House, a lively City Debate and an annual spirits tasting and masterclasses with the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition).
Charitable giving is at the heart of of life in the Distillers' Livery. The Distillers Charity was established in 1955 and is responsible for raising funds that help to create an impact on the causes that we support.
In 2013, we held the first Distillers' Charity Auction. This auction of 53 lots of old, rare, and unique bottles and collections of Scotch Whiskies raised over £250,000 for charitable causes.