Getting back on the wagon as it were, I headed to London earlier this week for what now seems to be my annual pilgrimage to my old home city in December. If I am honest, I wasn’t sure about the trip this year, it’s not been the best time for me over the last month or so, but I had paid, so thought it would do me good to be there!
So, three days down south, featuring TV studios, theatres, award shows and more. I had a specific task in mind for this weekend, targeting some awesome items for a special one week auction in support of Prospect Hospice, a wonderful charity who are really helping one of my family when she needs it. Check out their awesome work HERE I know you will agree with me just how awesome they are and why I want to back them with this auction.
So… what did I manage to pull out the hat? Loads of highlights over the weekend including meeting Frozen and Glee star Idina Menzel who signed several items including a christmas card and the cover sleeve of this awesome Frozen DVD.
There was a bit of an Xfactor theme going on as well, with Sam Bailey (2013 winner) being the first person I met over the weekend, then managing to snag all three of the 2014 finalists who will be battling it out this weekend for the title… Andrea Faustini, Fleur East and Ben Haenow. Each signed Xmas Cards which are already up for auction HERE.
Some really big names in there, with more additions coming from Annie Lennox, Andy Burrows (Razorlight, We Are Scientists) and the ever so lovely Nicola Benedetti.
One of the biggest stand outs for me over the weekend was the chance to meet Coldplay. In the end I met 2/4 of the band, but somehow managed with luck to get all four of the band to sign a Christmas Card for me with the help of their manager :D There is the awesome card signed by Chris, Jonny, Will and Guy, and here’s me with Jonny :)
Moving onto the biggest event of the weekend, and the reason I wanted to be in town that Sunday… the Autosport Awards! As always, it was tough finding out in advance who would be there… and even tougher figuring out who would arrive at the door we have access to. Top of my list for awesome peeps to meet was Christian Horner, who is the youngest person to lead a team to the constructors title, and did so four times in a row up to 2013! I also managed Xmas Card donations from Sirs Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart while current drivers Carlos Sainz Jnr, Max Chilton and Daniil Kvyat both got on board.
There were some other awesome additions… Geri Halliwell arrived with Christian, and was kind enough to sign in the scrum that followed, while GP2 Champion Jolyon Palmer also signed an Xmas Card for me. Over the other nights, David Walliams, Jonathan Ross, Richard Coles and more got on board. I did also meet Ed Sheeran and Amanda Abbington, but both were not able to sign for anyone due to their hurry.
Now… a really cool item. I have made a promise that this item will be auctioned in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital and I will be looking into the best way to do so in the new year. Sharon Duncan-Brewster, star of Bad Girls, Dr Who and more, had agreed via twitter to meet up with me before her show to sign a few items. What actually happened blew me away. As well as signing my DW cards, Sharon also very kindly donated the actual Doc Marten boots she wore while filming Dr Who episode “The Waters of Mars”. Yeah, that’s right.. actual costume worn in Dr Who. WOW! I was gobsmacked and I still am. I cannot thank Sharon enough for her generosity. Just WOW.
Thank You :)