Coronavirus: Want to have lunch with Dame Joan Collins? Participate in auctions to help the NHS | Ents & Arts News


Have you ever wondered how fabulous it would be to have dinner with Dame Joan Collins?

Well, you can now have a chance, as lunch with the star of the elegant Mayfair Claridge’s hotel is one of the lots that go under the hammer to raise money for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Not only that, but the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to grasp once social distance is over – also includes guests Percy Gibson, Dame Joan’s husband and actor Christopher Biggins, as well as one night in a suite (stars not included) ) for this part).

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The non-profit digital auction is led by Bonhams, with commitments from some of the country’s major players, musicians and artists.

All proceeds will go to NHS charities COVID-19 Urgent appeal, organizers said, and the goal is to raise £ 100 million.

In a video message, Dame Joan said, “As you know, the NHS is in dire need of funds …

“In collaboration with the auction house Bonhams, my husband Percy Gibson and myself, and Christopher Biggins, we are offering as an auction price for a lunch at Claridge after all this is over, so please , offer a lot. “

“And you can order whatever you want – it’s ours,” added Gibson.

Lots to gain include drinks with Jools Holland behind the scenes of one of his shows, a special tour for families of University Challenge, organized by Jeremy Paxman via Zoom videoconference, and a signed clap of the James Bond No Time To set Die.

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The works of Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie and The Connor Brothers, as well as a visit to Grayson Perry’s studio, are also among the lots.

And Call The Midwife fans could have the opportunity to play a part in the popular drama of the time, before lunch or having tea with the actors.

Patrick Masson, Managing Director of Bonhams for the UK and Europe, said: “NHS staff and volunteers are heroes for all of us.

“We at Bonhams are honored to welcome this initiative and to donate the skills we have in our auction house to support those who work so hard for us on the front lines. “

The money raised will be used for welfare kits for NHS staff and volunteers, including food and washing kits, as well as travel and accommodation expenses and other items requested to assist COVID-19 workers and patients.

The auction is held on and runs for three weeks until April 29.


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