For those of you who don’t know, I’m running the Great North Run in honour of my uncle who committed suicide last year and will be raising money for the mental health charity Mind.
To help me fundraise, my friend Stevie said if I could pull together £200 he would have his head shaved.
I managed to get £247.50.
Here’s what happened…
Video created by @MrTwittingham
Do you have anyone in your life who you love so much but at the same time can’t stand them?
Meet one of my best friends, Stevie.
I hate him.
As a part of this auction project, Stevie has donated his head. That’s right, Stevie will SHAVE HIS HEAD in exchange for monetary donations to my Great North Run attempt.
Now before you say “oh, how sweet of him”, it’s not. He’s selfish.
Years ago Stevie was nothing. He was a little scared fledgling at Uni and I moulded him into the swan we see today.
But ever since he moved to London, got a fashionable haircut and trousers that don’t fit, he’s changed.
He steals my jokes, steals my friends and now he’s trying to steal the lime light of my auction project by shaving his head.
Here’s how it will work:
– Donate as much as you can to my virgin money page here… ensuring you add SHAVE STEVIE to the comments section
– The more you donate, the more hair that comes off
– £100.00 = grade 5, £125.00 = grade 4, £150.00 = grade 3, £175.00 = grade 2, £200.00 = grade 1
– Whoever makes the highest single donation will get to do the actual shaving themselves!
– On Stevie’s request, the shaving will take place on his big brother’s birthday, the 28th July. This is the kind of selfish guy he is, ladies and gentlemen.
So, let’s teach him a lesson. Let’s teach him a lesson for a good cause and ensure he gets a complete skin head. I don’t want him having a grade 5. I want a slap top.
His little hook nose, weak chin and ghost like complexion will not suit a shaved head. He’ll look like Voldermort.
It will be ace, so dig deep and donate here…
Don’t forget to add SHAVE STEVIE in the comments when donating so I know why you’ve donated and can keep track of the total.
Lot: A signed copy of How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Fin Kennedy
Lot Number: 5
Date of auction: 29th March, 2013 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Donated by: Playwright Fin Kennedy (@finkennedy)
Condition: Brand new copy
Synopsis/Description: (Back cover) When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller’s in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.
This extraordinary new play follows one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system. Premiered at Sheffield Theatres, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found won the John Whiting award for New Theatre Writing.
Reviews: “This brilliantly written and deftly directed play… raises so many important questions about the nature of life in our hyper-technological, modern world that it’s impossible to avoid personally experiencing the overwhelmingness Charlie faces throughout.” – Bill Swadley, huffingtonpost.com
Starting Auction Price: £5.00
Lot: A signed, hardback, copy of Chris Evans’ autobiography It’s not what you think
Lot Number: 4
Date of auction: Friday 7th December
Donated by: Simon Best (@simonpjbest)
Condition: Published in 2009 but this copy has never been used
Synopsis/Description: (Inside cover)
Chris Evans’s extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country’s most successful broadcasters and producers. From The Big Breakfast to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, Chris changed the TV landscape during the ‘90s; and on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ.
But this is only part of the Chris Evans story. In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career. Born on a dreary council estate in Warrington and determined to escape, Chris started out as the best newspaper boy on the block, armed with no more than a little silver Binatone radio that he would take to the newsagents each day and through which he would develop a life-long and passionate love affair with the music and voices that emerged.
From paperboy to media mogul, It’s Not What You Think isn’t what you think – it’s the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight from one of this country’s brightest and boldest personalities.
Reviews: “He might once have been a tosser, a liar, a drunkard and a tyrant, but it is as an autobiographer that Chris Evans seems finally to have grown up.” – Elizabeth Day, The Guardian
Starting Auction Price: £5.00
Lot: Glastonbury 2011 merchandise
Lot Number: 3
Date of auction: 28th November, 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Donated by: Glastonbury Festival
Condition: One year old but perfect condition
Synopsis/Description: Glastonbury Festival may not be on this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the longest running UK festival.
After contacting them via their website, Glastonbury kindly sent me a Q Glastonbury 2011 Review, a 2011 programme and a large men’s t-shirt to auction off to you good people.
With interviews from the likes of Elbow’s Guy Garvey, U2 and Emily Eavis, the Q Glastonbury 2011 Review gives a nice summary of last year’s festival, while the Glastonbury 2011 programme gives a summary of all the bands that played across all of the stages, such as Fleet Foxes, Treetop Flyers, Group Love, Beyonce, Jim Jones Revue, Jimmy Cliff, Queens of the Stone Age and many more.
This could be the perfect item for anyone who went to last year’s festival, people searching for new music to listen to or any Glastonbury merchandise collectors.
Starting Auction Price: £5.00
Lot: A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, greeting card
Lot Number: 2
Date of auction: Thursday 22nd November, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Donated by: Nella Hodgkinson (@ladypetronella)
Condition: Brand new, out of this world
Synopsis/Description: This handcrafted, one-of-a-kind greeting card was designed, drawn and cut over the course of THIRTEEN HOURS by Nella Hodgkinson. Her blood, sweat, love and tears went in to making it to help me raise some cash and to get a smile from you all.
You may not be able to see from the photos below, but all of the silver text and images on the front were sketched then cut out using a scalpel then stuck to the vibrant purple card. But get this, the silver stuff is all one piece. Yep. They’re not individually cut out and stuck, it is ONE PIECE.
This would be perfect to send to a loved one you feel is out of this world or to simply keep on your desk to remember you did a wonderful thing by purchasing it.
RRP: It’s technically priceless, however Nella would usually charge £20-£25 for this kind of commission
Starting Auction Price: £10.00