Music megastar Sir Rod Stewart has generously donated items including personalised stage shoes, a signed photo and concert tickets to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The amazing lots will form a very special auction and other items up for grabs include signed vinyl album and CD covers and an autographed Celtic shirt.
The show tickets – two pairs – are to see Sir Rod perform at The O2 in November 2022.
For all lots apart from the show tickets, people can bid up until Monday by heading to the charity’s website here.
To be in with a chance of winning the tickets, place a sealed bid by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Starting bids are £300 with all bids closing at 23.59pm on Sunday, 19th December.
News of the auction coincided with Monday’s Happy Christmas Ipswich 2 comedy spectacular, which, so far, has raised £87,000 and was organised by tireless supporter Griff Rhys Jones in aid of EACH.
Griff was joined on stage at the Regent Theatre by a host of celebrity pals including Eddie Izzard, Stephen Fry, Johnny Vegas, Clive Anderson, Ed Byrne and West End star Ruthie Henshall.
Kevin Clements, EACH Director of Fundraising, said: “Rod has very kindly donated some amazing lots for our special auction.
“He’s an absolute megastar, with a global following, and we hope people are feeling generous.
“From his personalised stage shoes to the concert tickets, these are items every fan would truly love to get their hands on.
“I’d urge them to join in the fun and make a bid, knowing every pound raised will make a real difference to the children, young people and families we support in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.”
Tickets for Monday’s show sold out within 48 hours and a capacity 1,500-crowd enjoyed a night of rich variety, including Britain’s Got Talent magician Magical Bones, comics Kai Humphries, Olga Koch and the Nimmo Twins and music from Westdal and Hayward and the Haverhill Silver Band.
The audience also watched video messages from the likes of Ant and Dec, Graham Norton and Joanna Lumley reading their favourite Christmas cracker jokes.
“What an amazing night, packed with festive fun and variety,” added Kevin.
“It was lovely for so many people to come together and enjoy great comedy, entertainment music and magic.
“We’re eternally grateful to Griff. As always, he’s been full of energy and enthusiasm from start to finish – from our very first meeting months ago to the big night itself.
“He and his celebrity pals came up trumps and the money raised will make a substantial difference to our work across East Anglia.
“After such a challenging couple of years, this is a remarkable boost and, in addition to the acts, we’re incredibly grateful to every person who bought tickets, programmes and raffle tickets and made donations.
“We hope they enjoyed the night as much as we did.”
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
It has three hospices, including The Treehouse, in Ipswich. The others are The Nook, just outside Norwich, and at Milton, near Cambridge.
During the show, the audience were shown a powerful film about eight-year-old Erin Sadler, who lives with mum Helen and grandad Philip in Colchester.
Erin has a number of complex health needs, meaning she requires care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Erin and Helen are supported by EACH.
To watch the moving film, head here.
If you missed out on Monday’s show, it’s not too late to make a donation to EACH.
Anyone wishing to show their support can simply text EACH to 70480 to donate £10.