Ties donated to Samaritans by Charlie Watts and Sir Mick Jagger

Celebrities give the gift of listening in Samaritans' festive fashion auction

Ties and scarves owned by Sir Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, comedian Stephen Fry, singer Vera Lynn and Harry Potter actors Sir Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker are just some of the items fans can bid for in a very special Christmas auction.

The collection, which is being sold online, has been put together to fundraise for Samaritans by BBC Antiques roadshow expert and Samaritans Ambassador, Geoffrey Munn.

Sir Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts have donated a tie each in a single lot: Mick’s is floral while Charlie’s is a classic Rolling Stones tie featuring the iconic Jagger tongue logo.

Actor Sir Michael Gambon CBE, known for roles including Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter, has given a Magnificent Mouchoirs Wallace and Gromit silk tie, with a photo of him sporting it and an amusing note stating; “I have worn this tie to many exotic film locations including Lewisham, Catford and the Hoover factory in Perivale.” (Perivale is a suburb in Middlesex, to the West of London.)

Stephen Fry adds characteristic humour too. A note with his silk tie by Hilditch and Key says, “A tie down which I once dribbled egg when breakfasting at the house of a man so illustrious that it would be committing treason to mention his name. (Nose tap, nose tap, wink).”

Dame Vera Lynn has given a beautiful, embroidered, signed cotton handkerchief. Channel 4’s Jon Snow, famed for his flamboyant taste in ties, and legendary broadcaster Jeremy Paxman have both donated colourful, eye catching items. Jeremy Paxman has written a label for his that says, “This tie once presented Newsnight.”

The much loved British actor Sir Donald Sinden CBE donated a smart cravat by British company Tootal before his death in 2014. It is accompanied by a signed photo of him dating from the 1960’s theatre production, ‘Not Now Darling’ and a note from him stating his love for cravats over ties.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s donation is an immaculate tie by Atkinsons, featuring the coat of arms for Ballymena in County Antrim and the Latin motto ‘post praelia praemia’ – after the battle comes the rewards - perhaps a reference to the Northern Ireland peace process.

Geoffrey Munn hopes the sale will not only delight fans but also raise vital funds for the charity’s Give the Gift of Listening campaign, to ensure that no one has to struggle alone this Christmas, or any other time. Samaritans’ services will be there round the clock for anyone feeling overwhelmed.

Helping run the auction is antiques dealer, Naomi Thompson, who specialises in accessories and is the author of Style Me Vintage, Clothes and co-author of Style Me Vintage, Accessories

Naomi Thompson said: ‘I am delighted to be organising an auction for Samaritans. The range of items, both modern and vintage, bring an eclectic and exciting mix of celebrity memorabilia to the market, that are also perfectly wearable. Quite the first!”

The fundraising auction for Samaritans is running on eBay until the evening of Sunday 10 December at: https://tinyurl.com/y8mn79bn or go to eBay and search for #GiveTheGift. All proceeds go to Samaritans. Find out more about Samaritans’ Christmas campaign here and help us spread the word on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #GiveTheGift.

For further information, please contact press@samaritans.org or 020 8394 8300.

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#GiveTheGift Samaritans celebrity auction items in full: