The fundraiser was held at Kimpton Clocktower Ballroom Manchester on Friday, November 18th, which also raised £24,000 bringing the total to over £100,000.
Friends from the world of music, sport and entertainment donated an incredible array of exclusive items to the online auction hosted by Adam Partridge Auctioneers, which ended on Thursday, December 1st.
Some auction highlights included Noel Gallagher’s framed and signed set of six platinum discs for the album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? which went for an impressive £8K.
Guitars donated by Damon Albarn, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Foo Fighters, Peter Hook, and The Who were all up for sale, with the highest bid going to John Squire’s Jackson Pollock-inspired painted and signed Hofner guitar 3/3 for a whopping £16,800.
Liam Gallagher‘s 2022 NME award for ‘Music Moment of the Year’ sold for £4,100.
David Beckham‘s signed boots he wore for the last match of his career, on May 18th 2013, for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), were sold for £6,800.
Imelda and Mani both said they were blown away by the support, and thanked everyone who bid.
Imelda was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in November 2020.
Part of the fundraising campaign has been about raising awareness of this devastating disease.
Cancer spread to her liver and a small nodule in her lung, and underwent emergency life-saving bowel surgery as it perforated.
After months of treatments, Imelda had the right side of her liver removed. She is currently waiting for the next stage of treatment.
Louise Stimson, head of fundraising at The Christie Charity, said: “We’re really touched that Imelda’s experiences as a patient have spurred her and Mani into action for our charity, helping us provide more support to patients like her.”
Karen James OBE, chief executive for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, said, “We’re hugely grateful to Imelda and Mani’s efforts in organising the fundraising event and auction. We’re proud of the care Imelda and many others with cancer have received at Stepping Hill Hospital.
“This fundraiser for our charity is a really touching display of her thanks, which will help us go on to support more patients in the future.”
Imelda adds: “Both charities have supported me through my journey. “Cancer affects not just the person who has it, but everyone around them, and I hope that by investing in some more research, we can help alleviate some of the devastation caused to families.
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