Galaxy of stars shines via novel auction for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
A galaxy of showbiz stars led by serial charity campaigner Griff Rhys Jones are donating novel items to an online auction to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
They are bidding to give the charity, which cares for children with cancer and also their families, a rousing end to a really tough year of fundraising because of COVID and other factors.
Griff Rhys Jones has supported EACH for a number of years and felt he could leverage traction through his Celebrity Bottom Drawer auction.
Stars of stage, film and TV are already backing his enterprise through a variety of notable donations.
A one-of-a-kind film camera coffin made in Ghana is among the more quirky items the A-listers are contributing to a week-long online auction scheduled to start on November 27.
Items already pledged include exclusive books from David Walliams, including one of three copies of Baby Eric – a story written for Simon Cowell when his son was born – and a special £10 note created for Doctor Who donated by David Tennant.
Alexander Armstrong, Ant & Dec, Ian Hislop, Joanna Lumley, Matt Lucas, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hollander and many more have also pledged to contribute. The fundraising mission is clearly possible as Hollander has contributed a ‘Valkyrie’ Tiffany travel clock given to him by Tom Cruise.
Alongside some of the more quirky – but possibly most valuable – personal items will be mementos from blockbusting shows and films such as Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, James Bond and Pirates of the Caribbean.
In a personal letter, Griff explains: “Last year we did a great show called Happy Christmas Ipswich at the Regent. A lot of good friends and great performers like Lee Mack, Rick Wakeman and Al Murray had a ball and raised over £70,000. We can’t do a show this year, for reasons I won’t bore you with because you know already. But we still need money.
“I have been to the children’s hospice in Ipswich myself several times and I have never been so moved. It is a place that is about life, not death. It is there to give joy. Not just to enable kids to get the best out their time, but to support their mothers and fathers.
Griff added: “These are people who may have had to entirely alter their lives, their hopes and their ambitions because of their love and sacrifice. For some parents just a single weekend of hospice care can be a beacon of hope.
“But it costs. The money this vital service needs, which is largely unsupported by government, has been hit grotesquely hard this year.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is royal patron for the charity, which has facilities covering Cambridge, Suffolk, Norfolk and East Essex.
For more details about the auction visit https://celebritybottomdrawer.com/