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Stars align to support War Child's Spring Clean auction

Over 70 famous faces have donated iconic and rare entertainment items as part of a new annual auction called ‘Spring Clean’.

Spring Clean runs until 16th May and the world’s biggest talent including War Child Global Ambassador Carey Mulligan have donated exclusive memorabilia and personal treasures, including signed guitars, original vinyl pressings and film costumes!

Members of the public can get their hands on a limited edition book of the Saltburn script signed by Carey Mulligan and cast contributed by director Emerald Fennell; a signed Barbie poster by Margot Robbie; the original director’s script for Love Actually – complete with previously unreleased scenes – donated by Richard Curtis and Emma Freud; passionate cook Stanley Tucci’s signed dutch oven; Gillian Anderson’s Sex Education jacket; and Ed Sheeran and Nile Rodger’s signed guitars.

Famous faces have delved into their cupboards, kitchens and studios, and fans can support an important cause to win additional personal treasures including a signed drum skin from Coldplay; custom apparel worn by Bastille on stage; memorabilia from Netflix hit The Crown including costumes worn by Vanessa Kirby and Emma Corrin and an exclusive script and clapperboard signed by the cast; film scripts including The Banshees of Inisherin signed by Martin McDonagh and Evita signed by Jonathan Pryce; plus more from stars including Bradley Cooper, Mark RuffaloOlivia ColmanFlorence & The MachineAitchPet Shop Boys, Muse, BastilleKatherine JenkinsPaul Weller, Jack SavorettiMark Knopfler, Dave Benett, and Sigur Rós.

Items from the world’s biggest names from the worlds of film, television and music will be found on the auction page here.

Auction now live for Spring Clean.

Carey Mulligan, Global Ambassador for War Child UK, said“Right now more children are living through conflict than ever before. Having worked with War Child for over ten years, I am grateful to have witnessed firsthand the life-changing impact of providing vulnerable children and families with the resources they so desperately need. It is amazing what the creative industry can achieve when we come together and I hope as many people as possible choose to help War Child by bidding on these rare items which have been lovingly donated.”

Helen Pattinson, Chief Executive Officer of War Child UK, said: “We are delighted to launch ‘Spring Clean’, generously supported by the creative industries, and our Global Ambassador Carey Mulligan. Important initiatives like this help us restore hope and opportunity to children whose lives have been devastated by war. War Child is working tirelessly to keep children safe by providing life-saving aid when conflict breaks out and staying to support children through their recovery. We are immensely grateful to anyone who can make a bid in War Child’s Spring Clean auction to help us to ensure we can be there for children both now, and for as long as they need support.”

Gillian Anderson, actor and War Child Ambassador, said: “As a War Child Ambassador, I’m so proud to support Spring Clean. I’m donating a very special final season wrap gift from Netflix. My personalised ‘Sex Education’ American letterman jacket. Lucky winner! You can also bid on one of my Margaret Thatcher costumes worn in ‘The Crown’, along with other Crown costumes. This is all because around the world, children are facing unprecedented levels of conflict. By bidding in Spring Clean, you can show your support and help War Child reach even more children.”

Richard Curtis, Writer & Director, and Emma Freud, Script Editor, of Love Actually, said: “We are donating the original shooting script for ‘Love Actually’ to help support this incredible cause. Fans will discover three unseen storylines, which we eventually cut, lots of jokes which didn’t work, and some childish swearing which we were forced to remove by grownups. Many of the stories are also told here in a different order as it turns out that writing a multi-story plot can be as complex as playing 3D chess, we couldn't tell until we saw it put together which bits were in the wrong places.”

Stanley Tucci, actor, said: “I’m delighted to be part of War Child’s Spring Clean auction. I have donated one of my dutch ovens! I hope it will raise much needed money for War Child, because their work is needed now more than ever. So please, bid today and help War Child to protect as many children living through conflict as possible. Thank you.”

Olivia Colman, actor, said: “Spring Clean is such an important initiative and I'm proud to be supporting with a signed poster of Marvel Studios’ ‘Secret Invasion’. The psychological impact of conflict can be devastating for a child. War Child's work is vital in providing support as early as possible to help children to heal, for the chance of a brighter future.  

Ed Sheeran, singer, said: “I’m very excited to be supporting War Child’s Spring Clean auction. Bid for your chance to win a guitar signed by me and all funds raised through Spring Clean will help War Child continue to protect, educate, and stand up for the rights of children living through conflict.”

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Rare items include one-of-a-kind signed film and music memorabilia - the original script for Love Actually, limited edition Saltburn scriptbook signed by Carey Mulligan, Ed Sheeran’s signed guitar, original costumes and props - every listing tells a story.
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