Superstars donate items to Chris Evans’ charity auction
PUBLISHED: 00:00 26 May 2020
Virgin Radio DJ’s family support Scrubs Glorious Scrubs collaborative.
Raising money for charity runs in the Evans family as father and son get behind Scrubs Glorious Scrubs, a voluntary sewing collaborative making non-surgical scrubs for our wonderful NHS workers.
After a month sleeping in a homemade den, the Virgin Radio DJ’s 11-year-old son, Noah, hit the £100k fundraising mark for the charity.
Chris Evans, who lives in Ascot in Berkshire, said: “He built the den one Saturday afternoon and his bed and bedroom haven’t seen him since. He’s never been happier, his bedroom has never been tidier and here we are over £100,000 and over 20,000 sets of life-saving scrubs later.”
Noah Evans added: “I’ve loved my time in the den. It’s become my pride and joy... A lot of what used to matter to me really doesn’t anymore. The thousands of donations and kind wishes I have received have taught me so many things.”
Scrubs Glorious Scrubs founder Lynda Yong said: “Noah is an inspirational, very mature and brave young man. We are so grateful for everything he has done for Scrubs Glorious Scrubs. He understood the importance of what we were doing immediately and has supported us with his fund-raising in a way we simply cannot believe.
“We are so grateful as are all of the sewers in the Scrub Hubs around the UK who have received fabric bought with Noah’s fund raising money. We couldn’t have done this without him. It has created a community in a time when many could feel very alone and without purpose. New lifelong friends have been made by so many of the individuals involved.”
Meanwhile, proud dad Chris is also raising money for the charity, calling a raft of his celebrity chums to donate personal treasures to auction through online site bid-ingroup.com, who offered their service for free.
The celebrity auction followed hot on the heels of an auction Chris ran recently, with an array of his own personal treasures – including a 2012 Olympic Torch, original Concorde seats and his unique collection of auto
memorabilia. That auction raised £497k for the charity and Chris surpassed that amount second time round, raising £602k. Chris said: “Scrubs are the foundation stone of PPE. They save lives.”
His brief to his celebrity pals was to donate something small, something directly connected to their careers, and “something that you’d never in a million years dream of donating”. He said: “So many superstars have stepped up to the plate and done just that.”
Sir Rod Stewart offered up his Cartier watch, bought on a romantic holiday with then fiancee Penny Lancaster. Taylor Swift added a signed guitar from her tour, Russell Brand gifted leather cowboy boots, which he has described as “little leather children”, and Hollywood superstar Will Smith has donated his golf clubs.
Sir Rod said: “I went straight into action rummaging around the house seeing what we could come up with.” Of the Cartier Santos 100 watch, he added: “It’s a beauty – I bought it when I met Penny back in the day in the South of France and everyone’s seen it as I wear it so much on stage.”
The bumper auction also featured Bono’s handwritten lyrics to the song One, along with the Montblanc pen he used to write them with. Chris also added his handwritten notes from an interview with Paul McCartney in 2005, which Paul signed.
Among the other celebrities who gave up their treasures are: Bon Jovi, Geri Halliwell, Ant and Dec, Matt Lucas, Fearne Cotton, Rob Brydon and Dawn French.