Rolling Stones, Daniel Radcliffe and Anthony Joshua sign up for Chesterfield's Ashgate Hospice auction

Memorabilia signed by the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, David Jason and the Rolling Stones is being auctioned to raise cash for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 7:00 am

Dozens of rare celebrity items are going under the hammer in an online auction to aid the hospice, which revealed it is currently facing a shortfall of £2million because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stars of music, television, film and sport have all provided items which you can bid for today.

Among the highlights are a shirt display signed by Pele, signed vinyl from Liam Gallagher and signed presentation pictures of the Rolling Stones.

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A boxing glove signed by Anthony Joshua is one of the lots.
A boxing glove signed by Anthony Joshua is one of the lots.

There is also a Yorkshire County Cricket Club shirt signed by England captain Joe Root and gloves signed by boxer Anthony Joshua.

Announcing the online auction, the hospice said: “The past few months have been challenging.

"We have had to transform the way we provide our care, in the most difficult circumstances, to reach more people than ever before, whilst many of the hospice’s fundraising events have also had to be cancelled or postponed.

A mitt signed by UFC star Conor McGregor is among the items going under the hammer.

"That’s why we are opening up this auction to raise much-needed funds during the most challenging time in our thirty-year history.

"Your support through this auction will help us continue to provide the exceptional end of life care for which we are known.”

You can also bid for a number of other luxury lots, including an evening with chef Raymond Blanc, an overnight stay at the Trump Turnberry golf course and a Zoom call with quiz legend Mark ‘the Beast’ Labbett.

The much-loved hospice was already operating a budget deficit before the pandemic – meaning that despite huge local support it was having to spend more than it was bringing in – and has seen its funds hit hard by the lockdown.

Ashgate Hospice chief executive Barbara-Anne Walker and nursing team staff. Photo: Ellie Rhodes, EKRpictures.

While bosses say the hospice’s recent Urgent Appeal was a great success, the charity continues to face long-term and serious funding challenges.

Ashgate estimates that the pandemic is likely to cost the hospice at least £2million in lost revenue and expects its income will continue to suffer in future years.

Hospice chief executive Barbara-Anne Walker said she had ‘very little choice’ to seek voluntary redundancies.

To bid for items and help the hospice, click here

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