British creatives support the fight against female homelessness in a charity auction

Phoebe Grant
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Photo credit: Courtesy of Skye McAlpine
Photo credit: Courtesy of Skye McAlpine

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In London alone, it is estimated that a staggering 60 families a day face homelessness and, for vulnerable women and children, this can be caused by a variety of pressures, including unaffordable rent, job loss, domestic abuse and mental-health challenges.

In response to this crisis, stars from the worlds of fashion, art and design have banded together to support a pivotal campaign fighting against the homelessness of women and families in the capital. Working in partnership with the London Homeless Collective (a group of more than 25 charities, including Shelter, Centrepoint and the Salvation Army), the Museum of the Home in Hoxton has launched the groundbreaking initiative called ‘Behind the Door’, which aims to create the first-ever London-wide strategy to end female homelessness by 2025.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Rapture Wright
Photo credit: Courtesy of Rapture Wright

The Museum is hosting an online auction with donations from some of the UK’s most celebrated designers and brands. Bidders will have the chance to scoop up an array of covetable lots, ranging from bespoke studio tours and exclusive consultations to hand-crafted designer pieces.

The offering includes an intimate cooking class at the Venetian home of the chef and author Skye McAlpine, as well as a personalised shopping experience with Matchesfashion.com at its London boutique.

Those looking to revamp their home post-lockdown could enjoy a one-to-one consultation with Maria Speake, the founder of Retrouvius Design, or perhaps take a wallpaper-painting masterclass at de Gournay’s studio, the creators of exquisite hand-painted wallcoverings beloved by Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Cat Garcia
Photo credit: Courtesy of Cat Garcia

For some well-deserved R&R after a stressful year, you could unwind at Claridge’s with a luxury dinner and cocktails; or enjoy a Norfolk staycation, which includes tea at the magnificent Holkham Hall, followed by a tour of the New Craftsmen’s Portrait of a Place exhibition.

These are just some of the many highlights that the auction has to offer, with other big names including the accessories designer Anya Hindmarch, the artist Faye Toogood and the Instagram wellness gurus the Detox Kitchen.

The auction opens on Friday 19 March, with all proceeds going directly to the Behind the Door campaign. For more information, and to view the complete list of lots, visit the museum’s website here.