The Brighton Paradox Big-Hearted Community Auction


The Brighton Paradox is a unique 10-part podcast for 2023, exploring the opportunities and challenges of Brighton & Hove in the 21st century. 

To celebrate the release of this interesting and complex tale, The Brighton Paradox ❤️ Big-Hearted Community Auction will be live between 1st February and 1st May 2023.

The items in this auction are:

  • All of, from, for or about Brighton & Hove

  • Experiences, one-offs, rarities and money-can’t-usually buy offers

  • Being added every week – so check back for new ones

  • Open to all and any bidders

Here are just a few of the experiences kindly donated so far:

  • VIP tickets to Corn Exchange and Van Gogh Alive launch
  • A premium team awayday at Plus X Brighton for up to 20 people
  • A VIP tour of AMEX stadium for 6 + £100 spending money


All money raised (minus a small admin fee for the hosting platform) will be equally split between these two pioneering organisations:

Rockinghorse Children’s Charity support sick and disabled children across Sussex. They support babies, children and young people, along with their families, at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and The Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton and all of the specialist children’s wards and baby units throughout Sussex.

They deliver and fund projects that enable doctors and nurses to do more. All of their projects are led by the needs of children and young people and their families – the lifesaving medical equipment, the support for parents and families, the toys for children spending time in hospitals across Sussex, the environments and spaces that help children feel more at home when they are in hospital and additional staff to make sure children get the best possible care when they are unwell.

Rockinghorse logo - Sussex Giving for Sussex Children
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership was started by local residents in 2003, and their committed team of staff & volunteers deliver a range of food projects which have helped over 15,000 local people learn to cook, grow their own food, eat a healthier diet and waste less. 

Eating is central to life’s celebrations and memories, and their approach is to use this power of food to bring about change. Much of their work benefits vulnerable adults and people experiencing deprivation, isolation, poor health and other life challenges. The partnerships’ activities make lasting changes to habits and behaviours which improve lives.

We would like to thank all of the contributors of this auction who have generously donated some truly incredible prizes. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more auction prizes added each week.

If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact 

Happy bidding!

Episode One: THE EDGE In this episode, we look at how the city of individual creativity, spirit, otherness and personal missions – is also the city of collectives, co-operatives, networks and community cells. And we try to answer the following questions:
  • Why did Brighton & Hove want to be a city?
  • Was 1995 – 2008 really a ‘golden age’ for Brighton?
  • Why did Brighton AND Hove happen?
  • Where is the city centre?
  • Brighton or Bristol?
  • What sort of person landed in Brighton in the 90s/00s?
Episode contributors and credits
Featured contributors:
Useful links:
An always possible podcast (
In collaboration with Lo Fi Arts (
and Plus X Innovation Hubs (
Supported by Brighton & Hove Albion FC (
Written and presented by:
Richard Freeman
Produced and edited by:
Chris Thorpe Tracey
Production support by:
Ian Lauder
Project management by:
Stephanie Danvers, Molly Boyer, Annie-Marie Page and the always possible team
Podcast artwork by:
Meg Fenn
Project partners:
The University of Brighton’s Help To Grow Management programme (
Silicon Brighton (
Media and communications by:
Sussex Business Times (
Original music by:
Chris Thorpe Tracey (
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