Celebrities Auction Dream Christmas Stockings for Macmillan Cancer Support
The 17th annual Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction, one of our favourite events of the year, took place in London’s Park Lane Hotel on Tuesday 8th December raising over £220,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The star-studded auction is one of the most glamorous social occasions of London’s festive season and it is our Project Manager Joe Beecham’s job to create an appropriate setting and produce the fast-paced event.
Encompassing technical elements of lighting, sound, set, screen visuals and a live camera relay, Joe and his team focused the production on a stylish, retro ‘jazz cafe’ theme utilising and highlighting the art deco interior of the Park Lane Hotel.
Hosted by comedian, actor and presenter Rufus Hound, the 2015 event saw some of Britain’s best-loved celebrities - Joanna Lumley, Naomie Harris, Jim Carter, Alfred Molina, Craig Revel Horwood, Samantha Bond, Camilla Kerslake, Jason Donovan, Carl Froch, Nigel Owens and Tony lommi – auction the contents of their dream stocking.
In addition, celebrities personally donated a ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience. These items included: afternoon tea with Joanna Lumley; a singing lesson with Camilla Kerslake and the chance to sing backing vocals on her new album; and a tour around the James Bond Museum with Miss Moneypenny, Naomie Harris.
Other ‘Money can’t buy’ experiences personally donated by Macmillan’s celebrity supporters:
• cocktails with Jim Carter, Carson from Downton Abbey
• lunch in West Hollywood’s private members club Soho House with actor Alfred Molina
• tickets to see Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood play Captain Hook in Peter Pan followed by a post-work drink with the star himself
• dinner at a London restaurant with Samantha Bond, Downton Abbey’s Lady Rosamund Painswick
• a pair of tickets to see Black Sabbath perform live in New York at Madison Square Gardens as a guest of lead guitarist Tony lommi, with full meet & greet package
• a boxing lesson for up to ten people from Carl Froch with a one-to-one sparring session, followed by a well deserved lunch
• a private tour of the Millennium Stadium with rugby union referee Nigel Owens and signed rugby shirt
• a personal training session with Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas
• Priscilla Queen of The Desert tickets and a backstage tour with Jason Donovan.
For more information go to www.macmillan.org.uk/stockingauction, call 0207 840 4800, or look for @macspecialevent and
#macstockingauction on twitter.