21 December 2015
Macmillan’s annual Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction took place in The Park Lane Hotel in London last night (Tuesday 8th December 2015). Now in its 17th year, the auction is one of the most glamorous social occasions of London’s festive season and raised £220,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and people affected by cancer.
Host Rufus Hound said: “Hosting Macmillan’s Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction is one of those things you don’t really say no to. When you think of the work this incredible charity does, being asked to suit up and dish out a few stockings utterly pales in comparison. The stocking prizes were amazing and the bidders were a perfect mix of drunk and loaded allowing us to raise an incredible amount of money. Christmas can be a tough time for many and knowing that the money raised will help Macmillan ensure no-one faces cancer alone, made the evening all the more worthwhile.”
Some of the UK’s best loved celebrities - Joanna Lumley, Naomie Harris, Jim Carter, Alfred Molina, Craig Revel Horwood, Samantha Bond, Camilla Kerslake, Jason Donovan, Carl Froch, Nigel Owens and Tony lommi – auctioned their dream stockings and personally donated a ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience. These items included: afternoon tea with Joanna Lumley; a singing lesson with Camilla Kerslake and the chance to sing some backing vocals on her new album; and a tour around the James Bond Museum with Miss Moneypenny, Naomie Harris.
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‘Money can’t buy’ experiences personally donated by Macmillan’s celebrity supporters:
• afternoon tea with Joanna Lumley in an illustrious London restaurant
• a singing lesson with Camilla Kerslake in a London studio and the chance to sing some backing vocals on her new album
• a tour around the James Bond Museum with Miss Moneypenny, Naomie Harris
• cocktails with Jim Carter, Carson from Downton Abbey
• lunch in West Hollywood’s private members club Soho House with actor Alfred Molina
• tickets to see Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood play Captain Hook in Peter Pan followed by a post-work drink with the star himself
• dinner at a London restaurant with Samantha Bond, Downton Abbey’s Lady Rosamund Painswick
• a pair of tickets to see Black Sabbath perform live in New York at Madison Square Gardens as a guest of lead guitarist Tony lommi
• a boxing lesson for up to ten people from Carl Froch with a one-to-one sparring session, followed by a well deserved lunch
• a private tour of the Millennium Stadium with rugby union referee Nigel Owens and signed rugby shirt
• a personal training session with Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas
• Priscilla Queen of The Desert tickets and a backstage tour with Jason Donovan.
About Macmillan’s Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction
Now in its 17th year the annual Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction has raised over £2million to date for people affected by cancer. Previous celebrity supporters include Dame Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Kate Winslet and Benedict Cumberbatch.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200
today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk