Hearts owner Ann Budge auctions stay on her yacht to fund Tynecastle redevelopment

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One lucky Hearts fan could soon be sailing off into the sunset after the club unveiled the top auction lot for its annual awards bash – a holiday on owner Ann Budge’s yacht.

Jambos can now enter bids for the chance to enjoy a week on the luxury yacht, aptly named “The Queen of Hearts”.

With a prize value of around £20,000, the successful bidder and up to five others would get to board the 18m vessel at the Greek island of Corfu before taking a trip round the hidden gems of the Ionian sea.

Proceeds from the Player of the Year event, which takes place this Sunday at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), will go towards the Tynecastle Regeneration Fund.

Meanwhile, fans after a piece of footballing history can also bid for an original turnstile from Tynecastle’s Main Stand, first installed back in 1914.

Bids are also being accepted for an “ultimate dining experience”, which would see the lucky winner and nine guests treated to a night to remember at the Main Stand.

Starting the evening with drinks and canapes, guests will then be taken through to the Bobby Walker Suite where they will be joined for starters by two main squad players.

The main course will be served in the Directors’ Suite and hosted by Ann Budge, after which the group will adjourn to the John Robertson Lounge, where they will be joined by the legend himself for dessert, coffee, liqueurs and the odd tale while overlooking the pitch.

A club spokesman said: “There are many excellent prizes on offer at this Sunday’s Player of the Year Awards but undoubtedly the pick of the bunch is the chance to bid for a week on Ann’s yacht.

“This auction prize has very kindly been donated by Ann and all monies raised will go towards the Tynecastle Redevelopment Fund.

“It’s shaping up to be a great night at the EICC and there are still tickets available for what is always a magnificent event.”

It comes as the Tynecastle side pushes ahead with a long-awaited redevelopment to expand their stadium beyond a 20,000 capacity.

The £12 million project was given the green light last October and work is now under way to transform the Gorgie site.

Other lots up for grabs include an “Access All Areas” day at Tynecastle with Sky Sports presenter David Tanner and a limited edition framed and signed Main Stand home commemorative shirt.

Bids are also being taken for either a fan, or a child they nominate, to appear in an official start-of-the season photo with the first team squad.

There is also a range of raffle prizes to be won, including dinner and an overnight stay at the G&V hotel and four places in hospitality at the Champions Cup Final at Murrayfield on May 12.

More information about prizes and tickets can be found on the club’s website.