August 24, 2012

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity campaigns for better care for terminally ill people.  Their nurses work with patients in their homes and in hospice.  They have many charity shops that help raise funds along with everything from bake sales to celebrity events and auctions.  One of the events is the annual Handbags and Gladrags Ball held in Newcastle.  The 2010 event was on March 13th from 7:00pm - 1:00 am and the cost to attend was £75.00. The ball featured a drinks reception, a four-course meal, live entertainment from the boy band Blake, a disco and a specialist silent auction.

Big names from the worlds of sport, television, film and music, have donated their handbags, manbags and gladrags to raise cash for charity.  The celebrities who have donated items for the auction include Toon legend Alan Shearer donated his signed Umbro kit bag, Doctor Who star David Tennant, Dame Helen Mirren, who even left her lipstick print inside the sequin bag she donated! Sir Ralph Fiennes donated a bag he used in an adventure race across New Zealand. Barbara Windsor donated a gold metallic bag she used on Eastenders and Cherie Blair donated a red sequin clutch with a pearl handle.  Bags were also donated by Dannii Minogue and Fearne Cotton and the event raised £50,000!

"David Tennant has used this Adidas kit bag all around the world.

He told Marie Curie it was something he used all of the time, even while filming Dr Who.

The large holdall also contains signed DVDs from the Dr Who series.

The tag reads: "This battered old thing has been all round the world and has been very faithful. There's a signed DVD inside - so it might be worth something..."

This is definitely one to bid for on the night." -   taken from an article by Katie Davies in the Evening Chronicle.
Hannah Wilson, a nurse at the Marie Curie hospice in Newcastle pictured here with David's bag among others.