An array of Lancashire's famous faces from the realms of TV, sport and the music industry have put their weight behind Sue Ryder's latest fundraising appeal to raise as much as possible for the charity's new Neurological Care Centre Lancashire.
Local celebrities including Phil Jones (Man United), Marc Almond (one of the UK’s best loved singer-songwriters), Ranvir Singh (Good Morning Britain), Dave Spikey (Phoenix Nights), Jasper Carrott (Comedian) and James Walsh (Starsailor) have together donated a list of highly sought after auction items, just in time for Christmas shoppers hoping to snap up a wonderfully unique gift for a loved one this year.
The amazing items up for grabs include signed Manchester United shirt including Phil Jones and the rest of the 19/20 season's team, a a beautiful signed coffee table book from Marc Almond, a signed vinyl and CDs from Stairsailor, a tour of the Good Morning Britain set at the ITV studios in London and two tickets to one of multi award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Dave Spikey’s upcoming North West shows in Lytham, Skipton, Oldham, Blackburn or Lancaster.
To get your hands on one of these amazing prizes, simply visit the Givergy website.
You have until Friday 20th December before this auction closes, so bid now!
Please note, bidding on the two tickets to Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan’s show at the Lancaster Grand Theatre will close on Friday 29th November, one week before the show.
"Being a local lad, it makes me very proud"
Commenting on the auction, Manchester United star, Phil Jones, said, "Being a local lad, it makes me very proud to think that Sue Ryder's new neurological care centre in Preston will lead the way in terms of specialist care."
"I'm delighted to be able to help the charity raise as much as possible to fund the equipment it needs to offer local people and families with neurological conditions and brain injuries the best service possible."
Comedian, Dave Spikey, also said, "I think it's brilliant that Sue Ryder is expanding its neurological care in Lancashire and I'm delighted to be able to help the charity. I'd like to encourage the public to get behind this important fundraising appeal and help Sue Ryder."
More beds to treat more people with acquired brain injuries, spinal injuries and neurological conditions
James Walsh, lead singer in Starsailor, who grew up in Preston, said, "I think it's really important to support those charities who are doing great work in our local community. The brand new Sue Ryder neurological centre will mean more beds to treat more people with acquired brain injuries, spinal injuries and neurological conditions. I'm pleased to be able to do my bit."
Due to open in Spring 2020, the centre will include 40 fully accessible en-suite rooms, over three floors, with an additional four supported living apartments on site. Providing care for people with conditions such as Huntington’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease – as well as those with conditions resulting from a brain or spinal injury or stroke, raising as much as we can to fund new equipment and resources is vital, to allow staff to provide long-term neurological care, as well as support to allow people to live more independently.
Good Morning Britain presenter, Ranvir Singh, who has kindly donated a behind the scenes tour of the ITV studio set, said, "I'm supporting Sue Ryder to provide vital services for people with neurological conditions in Lancashire."
"The charity's new purpose-built neurological centre is at the forefront of modernisation of neurological care and is the only resource of its kind for patients and families in the local area with complex neurological conditions and injuries. Having been born and bred in Preston, I'm right behind the appeal."
And Jasper Carrott, whose donation includes a meet and greet with the comedian, said, "Sue Ryder does great work locally and across the country and it's a pleasure to be able to support this appeal to help fund its new neurological care centre in Lancashire."
"The charity needs to raise as much as possible to buy vital equipment for people with neurological conditions and acquired brain injuries. I really hope the public get behind the appeal and do what they can to help."
The best environment for residents to thrive in their everyday lives, therapy sessions and social activities
Terry Mears, Centre Director for Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire, also commented on the support received for the auction, saying, "We are really delighted and overwhelmed that some of Lancashire’s best loved personalities have shown their support for our new neurological care centre, which will provide expert support and allow us to be at the forefront of modernising neurological care across the county."
"Money raised from these donations will go towards the provision of vital equipment that will support the work of the centre and help create the best environment for residents to thrive in their everyday lives, therapy sessions and social activities.”
Find out more about the Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire and how you can support their crucial neurological care and rehabilitation services.