Annie Lennox is amongst 50 Celebrities who have donated Tokens of Love to a CORAM Auction. Annie has donated her old Nokia
mobile phone which has been autographed.
The UK’s first children’s charity, Coram, is hosting a unique auction of 50 celebrity ‘Love Tokens’ as a tribute to the Georgian mothers who, out of dire poverty, were forced to abandon their babies into the charities’ care – nearly 300 years ago.
Many of these mothers left ‘love tokens’ to identify their children in case they could come back for them. These were coins or scraps of ribbon, buttons, anything they had. But most were never able to return and so thousands of children lived their lives with only these simple items to remind them of their mothers.
Inspired by this legacy, 50 famous names are donating their own Tokens of Love for this very special eBay launch, which will raise funds for Coram’s work in helping the most disadvantaged children deal with loss and move on in their lives. The list includes Jeremy Irons, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Ian & Victoria Hislop, Damon Albarn, Sebastian Faulkes, Jo Whiley, Anton du Beke, Deborah Meaden, Lulu, Joan Bakewell, Ian Rankin, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Alan Sugar, Jason Donovan, Jim Naughtie, Dame Jacqueline Wilson & Anish Kapoor.
Some of the celebrities have written notes to go with the tokens, just as the mothers did so many years before.
Coram has been creating better chances for children since 1739. The charity tackles loss and champions what matters most for children – security, love, education and a future. Funds raised by this auction will help the charity to extend its work with vulnerable children, young people and their families, transforming their lives with practical help and support.
The ebay Auction runs from 18 – 28th March and can be found on http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/coram1739/
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