Celebrities donate amazing items for Barnardo’s online Christmas auction


Searching for the perfect Christmas present can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

This year Barnardo’s is making it easy with the chance to snap up an Aladdin’s Cave of exciting celebrity gifts generously donated to raise money to support thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK.

In our unique festive auction, shoppers can bid for more than 45 special VIP items such a football shirt signed by Arsenal‘s first team players, a pair of Beverley Knight‘s high heels, a guitar from The 1975, or a special personal training session with Joe Wicks The Body Coach.

Other coveted lots include a Johnny English Strikes Again script signed by actors Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson and Ben Miller, a Chelsea Football Clubsigned football, a beautifully framed real-life cell from the original Love Actually film reel with a card signed by director Richard Curtis and a Natalia bag donated by designer Tom Ford.

Ed Sheeran fans have the chance to get their hands on merchandise from his Divide World Tour, while tickets to see The Vamps live in 2019 with a meet and greet are also up for grabs. Director Ridley Scott has donated a signed poster for his Oscar nominated film The Martian and a collection of children’s books written and signed by comedian and author David Walliams are also up for auction.

Barnardo’s Family Ambassador and England footballer Jamie Vardy has donated a signed pair of football boots to the auction. He said: “As one of Barnardo’s newest ambassadors I was really excited to be asked to help out with this campaign and I hope someone loves the boots as much as I do!”

Barnardo’s Ambassador, Black Panther and Planet of the Apes actor Andy Serkis, has kindly donated a rare, limited edition Black Panther collection signed by himself and the cast and has also signed a Planet of the Apes Vinyl and bag. He said: “It’s always a pleasure to support Barnardo’s where I can as it’s a really worthy charity. I really hope someone can give a good home to these signed items from Black Panther and Planet of The Apes.”

Barnardo’s ambassador Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead, has donated a limited edition The Walking Dead guitar. He said: “When I’m not busy slaying zombies in the apocalypse, I like to serenade my cast and crew with this limited edition guitar… I would love some budding rock god to have this and if they want I’ll sign it personally to them post auction. So back-comb your hair, squeeze into those skinny jeans, and rock on.. I have it on good authority this guitar goes up to eleven….”

The Body Coach personal trainer and nutrition coach Joe Wicks has promised a personal training session to one winning bidder. He said: “I’m excited to be able to give this personal training session to Barnardo’s for auction. It’s a great time of year to get fit and healthy and this donation has the added bonus of raising money for a great cause. It’s a fantastic charity that does amazing work.”

The auction begins on December 1 and will end at midnight on Saturday 15th December 2018.

To bid or find out more about the items up for auction, visit https://www.givergy.com/charity/barnardos