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Celebrities donate amazing items for Barnardo’s online Christmas auction

Release Date: 30 Nov 2018

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 Club signed 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 Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

This year we have some fantastic items up for auction, which will make really special gifts.

The money we raise will go directly to Barnardo’s frontline services, helping us support hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children, young people, their parents and carers from around the UK.

Thank you to each celebrity who donated, and to everyone who bids online.

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    

Full list of celebrities and donated items:

Personal training session for two with The Body Coach, Joe Wicks

Limited Edition Black Panther box set

Jamie Vardy signed football boots

Two tickets to see Eric Clapton's sold out show

Signed guitar from The 1975

Black Panther Poster signed by the cast

Ed Sheeran Divide Tour Merchandise

Signed Arsenal Football Shirt

Snow Patrol signed guitar

Tom Ford Natalia handbag

Football signed by Chelsea FC players

Limited Edition Steiff Disney Christopher Robin Set

Love Actually film frame signed by Richard Curtis  

Johnny English Strikes Again script signed by Emma Thomspon, Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Jake Lacey and Amit Shah

Isle of Dogs rare models and script signed by Wes Anderson

Deluxe Limited Edition Radiohead box set

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Exclusive

The Walking Dead Guitar personalised by Andrew Lincoln

Exclusive Cliff Richard collection

See The Vamps in 2019 and meet the band!

The World's Worst Children books signed by David Walliams

Personalised Florence + The Machine collection

Team Sky cycling jersey signed by Sir Chris Hoy

Disney's Christopher Robin posters signed by cast

The Martian poster signed by director Ridley Scott

Solo Star Wars jacket signed by Thandie Newton

David Walliams children's book collection including Bad Dad and The Midnight Gang

Toto The Ninja Cat book signed by Dermot O'Leary

Pair of Lucy Choi heels worn by Beverley Knight

Stunning framed print by photographer Fenton Bailey

Solo Star Wars t-shirt signed by Thandie Newton

Suede boots designed and signed by Twiggy

Rugby ball signed by Scottish Rugby team

Signed Limited Edition Bastille collection

Signed Joe Lycett Collection

Limited Edition Anthony Burrill prints

Black boots designed and signed by Twiggy

Jason Manford signed collection

Signed Sally Hawkins collection

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