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26 November 2022

Damon Albarn, Coldplay Donate Items To Charity Auction

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Damon Albarn, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Oasis are among the acts who have donated items to a charity auction. The auction has been diagnosed by former Stones Roses and Primal Scream bassist Mani and his wife, Imelda Mountfield.

Imelda was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in November 2020. She and her husband are now aiming to raise awareness and funds for The Christie Hospital and The Stockport Charitable Trust.

An event called This Is The One was held The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester last week (18 November), featuring music and entertainment curated by Mani.

An online auction also began that night, which features a host of musical memorabilia from globally renowned artists. The auction ends on 1 December. Included is a guitar used by Albarn when writing that features a chewed up section and a handwritten note in permanent marker that reads: “I chew here when writing.”

Discussing the item, Albarn said: “Not in the best condition, but very well used for writing over the last ten years, genuine working guitar, with love Damon Albarn 2022 x.”

Coldplay have donated eight VIP tickets to any Coldplay concert anywhere in the world, and a signed limited edition Coldplay tour poster, the image was also used on the Coldplay album Head Full of Dreams, designed by Pilar Zeta in collaboration with Coldplay, 100 x 100cm.

Mani said in a statement: “When life deals you a pair of twos, you must get your game face on! The past two years since my wife’s diagnosis have been brutal in so many ways, but it’s also opened our eyes to so many things.

“This disease needs to be eradicated – we feel duty bound to do our bit to achieve this. So everybody, get on board, dig deep, help out, we will win!”

Imelda added: “Both charities have supported me through my journey. Cancer affects not just the person who has it, but everyone around them, and I hope that by investing in some more research, we can help alleviate some of the devastation caused to families.”

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