The highly desirable, exclusive Manson Matthew Bellamy signature guitar MB-1 becomes even more so when combined with the signatures of all three Muse members, as a recent charity auction proved. The auction for this rare item, which closed on the 31st July was organised by Adrian Ashton, Manson's Sales Director and raised in excess of £55,000 for two UK charities, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association (PSPA).
Adrian was astonished by the total amount of £55,307.92 raised. In 2012 this would have comfortably made the top 10 global list of Celebrity Charity Auctions, surpassing the $80,000 raised to spend a day with former US president, Bill Clinton. "I am not sure I can adequately describe my thanks, firstly to the big heartedness of the successful bidder who wishes to remain anonymous, next the support from the Manson's team and of course to Muse for signing the guitar, something I know they do not undertake lightly. I only hope I can repeat the result next year!"
Helen Thompson, spokesperson for the PSPA said, "We would like to extend our thanks to the generous buyer, to all those at Manson's Guitar Works who contributed to the initiative, especially for choosing PSPA as one of the beneficiaries of this sale. The £27,000 we have received is a transformational amount of money for the PSPA....."
Speaking on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care, Community Fundraiser Sarah Washington, commented, "The final bid coming in meant Marie Curie Cancer Care benefited from £27,653.96. This will provide 1382 nursing hours, which based on 26 hours a week would be a whole year of nursing care for a patient. We were delighted when we were informed of the amount that this generous gift raised."
To find out more about the work undertaken by Marie Curie Cancer Care and make a donation please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk and to find out more about the rare condition Progressive Supranuclear Palsy please go to www.pspassociation.org.uk where you can also make a donation.
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