A host of Celebrities including Keith Lemon, Vic Reeves, David Walliams, Brian May, Sir Cliff Richard, Jeremy Vine, Heather Small, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jason Manford, All Saints, Lorraine Kelly and Adam Hills himself are generously donating some of their favourite items towards Variety’s online auction, which launches today, in a bid to raise funds severely depleted by the coronavirus.  

The auction, held in partnership with CHARITYSTARS, will be lead by well-known comedian and radio and television presenter, Adam Hills.

Adam told us…..

“This endeavour combines two of the most satisfying things in my life – clearing out my wardrobe and helping others. I’m so honoured to be a part of it and have high hopes that it can become a regular event. “

Adam Hills (Alamy)

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK that Variety helps. Many more children are now living in poverty, while the loss of support services has taken a severe toll.  

In the UK there are more than 1.3 million disabled children and nearly four million children living in poverty. Variety, the Children’s Charity, exists to improve their lives. They believe that all children should have an equal opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of circumstances or disabilities.

They offer practical tangible help that makes an immediate difference to children and young people aged 18 and under. This includes grants for specialist disability equipment and wheelchairs that are not available through statutory services. It also includes the iconic Sunshine Coaches that provide adapted accessible transport for SEND schools and other non-profit organisations. They also offer memorable day trips and outings. 

Demand for Variety’s services have soared. At the same time, with live fundraising events now cancelled, the charity’s income streams have dwindled dramatically. Proceeds from the auction will go towards ‘plugging’ this funding gap, so that Variety can continue to be there for children who need support – now more than ever. 

There are some really great and unique items to bid for, here’s just a few of our favourites…..

And there is a lovely bit of South Wales also included. A Julien Macdonald (from Cyfarthfa) scarf signed by Dame Shirley Bassey (from Tiger Bay in Cardiff).

On a personal note, I have supported the work of the Variety Club on many occasions, and been at the handing over of a few of the Sunshine Coaches. I can tell you, they really do make a huge difference and the work they do is outstanding.

CharityStars is the ground breaking online fundraising platform running the auction. They reach across media and offering one destination for auctions, buy now and prize draws. Working with hundreds of brands and personalities CharityStars.com has raised over £30 million for charities across the globe.

Kirsty Harwood is the UK Country Manager of CharityStars she told us…..

“We are thrilled to partner up with Variety, the Children’s Charity and support their great cause. We understand the catastrophic impact the pandemic has had on charities in the last 18 months and want to support them”.

If you’d like to find out more, and take a look at the auction items up for grabs, go HERE.

And if you are a celebrity who has something a little unusual to donate, drop us an email here at South Wales Life and we’ll put you in touch with the team at Variety Club.

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