Joanna Lumley is taking her hat off to support St Mungo’s celebrity hat auction as part of Woolly Hat Day 2014 www.woollyhatday.org
The latest big name to throw her proverbial and literal hat into the St Mungo’s celebrity hat auction ring is Joanna Lumley who has decided to donate a personal piece of headgear to the auction.
No less than 30 famous names from the stage, the big and small screen and the music industry have taken their hats off in order to offer help to homeless people with the proceeds from the auction. The auction its self will take place from 24 January and 2 February 2014, this will link in with the charity’s 31 January Woolly Hat Day .
Joanna Lumley joins celebrities include Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Sheen, Jessie J, The Edge, Kim Kardashian, Elvis Costello, Tinie Tempah Sienna Miller and Kevin Pieterson with St Mungo’s hoping the auction will raise £20,000 for its work supporting people to recover from homelessness.
Bid for hats at www.ebay.com/woollyhatday
Joanna Lumley recently visited St Mungo’s hostel in Covent Garden to see the charity’s work first hand.
She said: “I am proud to support the wonderful work St Mungo’s does and love being part of this fabulous hat auction. It was a privilege to see round the hostel and to meet some of the clients; and next time I shall make my way down to the recording studio in the basement and cut a disc with them.”
Benedict Cumberbatch, recently on our screens as Sherlock, has donated a signed deerstalker and Michael Sheen has sent in a signed baseball cap he wore on the FROST/NIXON Broadway baseball team. Sienna Milller has donated a stylish Philip Treacy trilby and all three members of Coldplay have signed an army cap.
Music legends Sir Elton John and U2’s The Edge have both donated iconic hats. Sir Elton’s a black Stephen Jones trilby and The Edge, a signature black skull cap as worn on countless tours.
Chris Martin said: “We’re so proud to support St Mungo’s and the great work that you all do.”
Michael Sheen said: “This was my hat when I was pitcher for the FROST/NIXON Broadway League softball team, during our run with the play there. We would play at the baseball diamonds in Central Park against the other Broadway shows that had teams. I remember a memorably feisty game against Phantom of the Opera, I believe, which ended up with me saying I’d take them all on by myself. This hat was a good luck charm and I did pretty well for someone totally new to the game. Always felt like I was in an old time American movie in my full baseball kit.”
This is the third year that St Mungo’s has held its celebrity hat auction, which is held to mark the charity’s annual Woolly Hat Day where people are encouraged to wear a woolly hat for the day in return for a £2 donation to St Mungo’s.
St Mungo’s has been running for over 40 years and is one of Britain’s largest charities supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The charity provides a bed, warm room and much more to thousands of people in London and across the South – from hostels to semi-independent flats, from psychotherapy services to peer support, from life-skills to job opportunities.
Each night St Mungo’s provide supportive housing for around 2,000 people and manages more than 200 housing, health and work projects across London and the South.
Tanya English, Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications at St Mungo’s, said: “St Mungo’s believes that people can – and do – recover from the issues that create homelessness.
“Woolly Hat Day is a chance to show support for those without a home. We work all year round to support people to rebuild their lives through good quality housing, health services and opportunities for training and support into work. We want this year to be even more of a success in raising funds and awareness. By heading online and putting in an auction bid or getting your own hat on for Woolly Hat Day, you can help homeless people get ahead.”
This year the charity’s Woolly Hat Day has a new fundraising target of £50,000, which would make a real difference to vulnerable people, and there are lots of ways for people to take part.
You can get involved by:
- Bidding in the online celebrity hat auction for a famous piece of headgear at www.ebay.com/woollyhatday
- Getting together with friends and teachers at school, college or university to fundraise for St Mungo’s www.woollyhatday.org
- Holding a hat party at work
- Knitting bobble hats with friends or colleagues
- Making an online or text donation
- Following us on Facebook or Twitter [StMungosUK or @StMungos and use #WHD2014]