What’s On The Ryder?

The Sue Ryder, that is! There has been an announcement today from the Sue Ryder charity (who also provide palliative and neurological care for the terminally ill) about an auction with donations of items from various celebrities and musicians.

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And they say that, on behalf of Simple Minds, Jim has donated tickets to a Simple Minds gig in 2020, as well as a meet and greet opportunity with the band.

The auction is open to bids now and ends on September 1st, 2019.

There are a few doubters about the legitimacy of this but Sue Ryder is one of the UK’s biggest charities, they are hardly likely to talk about and reveal something like this if it wasn’t legitimate.

Click on the link HERE for full details.

Some Things Are More Important – Race For Life Charity Auction

Last year when I participated in Race For Life for Cancer Research UK – I raised a meagre £68. I had a target of £150. I didn’t even make it to half my target. The only thing that kept me incentivised was…I would be doing something active for my own personal health. How could I see £68 making any damn difference to cancer research?! What would THAT achieve?

This year I have increased my target to £250. I’m already off to a great start with two £10 donations. But I want more! I want to make a difference!

I was going to give away a Priptona print to the highest donor. But, I don’t think that is incentive enough. Or even fair to other donors. So, I am going to make a big sacrifice here! All minimum £10 donations will go into a draw to win THIS! (See pics below.)

(As you can see from the photos, it currently adorns my landing space wall. Below is a clearer image of how the print looks – unframed and unsigned.)

There are only a few copies of this that exist in print. Jim has one of them. He requested a copy from me specifically. This is how bloody special this thing is! I do this with a heavy heart! “It’s no sacrifice”, sang Elton John. Well, it is! Trust me! But some things are much more important. Like the work Cancer Research UK do.

So, as I was saying, there are only a few copies of it in print. And only two are signed by Jim. My friend Janis has one (I asked Jim if he would sign a copy for her as Somebody Up There Likes You is her fave SM song, and her daughters appear very obscurely within the print – the beach scene is a photo I took at Victor Harbour in South Australia), and this one is obviously mine (for now).

The only proviso I am putting on this is that I reach my £250 target before this is given away. If I don’t reach the target, then the original regular SM print of the donor’s choice will be the giveaway.

So…there you go! How’s THAT for incentive to donate?! All £10+ donors will go into a draw to win my signed print of Somebody Up There Likes You/Waterfront (Jim always sees it as a Waterfront print…who am I to argue with him?). The target MUST REACH £250 for this to apply though. I will not be giving this print away for anything less. It means far too much.

So PLEASE, donate!

My Race For Life is on July 7th, 2019. All £10+ donations will be eligible up to and including that date. To donate just CLICK THE LINK HERE

The Boy Done Good!

The Small Steps Project showed a full list of the money raised from each pair of celebrity shoes auctioned. Jim came in 23rd place with his Prada boots. That’s not bad! Well done, Sir! Had I had the money to have placed a bid, we may have raised a little more.

I will certainly make sure that I donate to the project generously once I do have sufficient funds to do so.

Well done Small Steps Project. You guys are doing wonderful work.

These Boots Were Made For Fundraising

I kept quiet about this on here…ever wishful I could place a bid. I was ssooo hoping that I would have the funds by now. But, alas, no. I watched the final minutes tick by. They have spent the past 24 hours on £325, and the thought they were going to go for that price was unbearable to me! With less than one minute to go, they were still on £325. I was nearly in tears at the thought they were going to end on that price!

Then, with 35 seconds to go they started to climb.
£335
£345
£355

With just seconds to go, two final higher bids of £410 and then £460. I breathed a sigh that at that point, it probably would have gone out of my price range had I felt I could bid. I would have chased them to £500 had the funds been available to me.

I’ll never know if I’d have won them for £500. And perhaps when I do have funds some other amazing piece of SM memorabilia will come along? Jim’s leather boots from 1982! Now THEY would be the boots I’d REALLY want!

Whoever won them…I hope you cherish them! And…we all know Jim’s a Size 9 shoe now 😉 (Same size as my OH…rather worryingly – now THERE’S a story to tell there! That you will NEVER hear from me…)

You can see the auction details by clicking here.

Penguin Auction Day

Later today (local BST – British Summer Time), an auction of all the penguins that had been on display as part of Maggie’s Penguin Parade go under the hammer. The one that Fiona Sutherland co-created and Simple Minds sponsored (and have signed for the auction) being one of them.

You can see the SM sponsored penguin to the left of the picture. All the penguins are on display at Slessor Gardens in Dundee, where the auction will take place early this evening. Local Dundee paper, The Courier, have an article on the auction.

Click the image to read the article and get more info about the auction.

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Well, it would appear Sir’s boots are not the ONLY thing Simple Minds related up for auction! So is this penguin sculpture, co designed and created by Fiona Sutherland.

Can’t imagine it is going to be cheap!

Try Walking In My Shoes…

This is wonderful! Not only a great cause, but an absolutely wonderful piece of memorabilia anyone would love to have in their collection.

I’m worried it will be an obvious “highest bidder wins” traditional style auction. Oh, but I have money coming my way and I would hope to be able to place a SERIOUS BID!

To help an amazing cause…and to have something I know I will absolutely TREASURE!

UPDATE: I’ve had word back from the Small Steps Project, see images below…

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Click here to read the post on the Small Steps Project blog.