Turn2us - Cyber Monday celebrity clothes auction
The Turn2us No Cold Homes campaign celebrity clothes auction is going live this Cyber Monday (30 November). The auction will be hosted on eBay and opens at midday.
A host of famous faces have donated items of winter clothing for the charity’s biggest ever celebrity clothes auction to help fight fuel poverty in the UK. Bidders can take their pick from a range of items from stars including Ed Sheeran, Dame Helen Mirren, Hugh Laurie, and Jeremy Irons.
As a national charity helping people in financial hardship to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other support, Turn2us hears regularly from people suffering in cold homes because they can’t afford their energy costs.
New research by Turn2us found that one in two low income households across the UK are struggling to afford their energy costs, despite being in work. Amongst the hardest hit are people with disabilities, with over two in three (67%) reporting their struggles, and families, with almost two-thirds of working parents (65%) unable to meet these costs*.
The auction will raise funds to help more people access vital financial support to help with their energy costs in time for the colder winter weather. It features a fantastic range of designer and high street brand coats, jackets and jumpers donated by over 20 popular personalities.
Bidders can go for:
Hugh Laurie’s biker jacket
Ed Sheeran’s jacket
Benedict Cumberbatch’s cardigan
A jacket donated by Jeremy Irons’ from the set of Die Hard 3
A specially customised toddler’s fleece top by Matt Lucas
Team GB cycling top signed by 6 time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy
A coat from designer Bruce Oldfield OBE
Commenting on her support for the auction, Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren said: “There are so many people who can’t afford the basic essentials like a warm home and food for their families. That’s why the Turn2us ‘No Cold Homes’ campaign is so important and I’m pleased to play a part in helping more families get the vital help they need this winter.”
Comedian Matt Lucas said: “It’s shocking that so many families can’t afford to stay warm and healthy through the winter. I fully support the Turn2us ‘No Cold Homes’ campaign and encourage everyone to get behind it so that we can change lives for the better.”
The auction runs from 30 November to 10 December 2015. For more information, please visit www.turn2us.org.uk/NoColdHomes
*All figures, unless otherwise stated are from a survey conducted with Research Now in September 2015. Total sample size was 2,001 adults with annual household incomes of £30,000 and less before tax and deductions