Signed Potter book on offer to highest bidder
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has come forward as a surprise supporter of the Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis with a donation which is expected to raise a lot of money at an auction in April.
Manager Jackie Wray, pictured here, wrote to the famed writer not expecting a response. "She was interviewed in the national MS magazine in 2001 and referred to her mother?s suffering with MS – sadly she died when she was only 45 years old. I told JK Rowling about the auction and was very surprised to receive a signed book. We are very grateful for her support which we are sure will give a huge financial boost to the centre."
Another celebrity whose family has been affected by MS is TV make-over magician Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. He has sent a signed copy of his book ?Design Rules? to be auctioned.
It costs over ?30,000 a year to run the MS Centre at BSS House, Cheney Manor, all of which has to be found through fundraising.
The auction takes place on Friday 29 April at the Hilton Hotel, next to M4 Junction 16.
Other items to be auctioned include two nights bed and breakfast in Spain; an England baseball cap signed by Sir Geoff Hurst; a Hornby train set; two tickets to an England World Cup qualifying game; a Woodland Leisure garden swing and slide set; a signed Elton John Greatest Hits CD, two VIP tickets to see a Swindon Town game and a football signed by the players.
Jackie added, "we are also very grateful to the auctioneer, Swindon r?n?b band The Bullfrogs, and the Hilton. All are providing their services without charge."
Tickets are ?12.50 per adult and include a hot buffet. Call 01793 481700 or 01793 791125 to make reservations or donate items for the auction.