Ed Sheeran’s ukulele part of charity auction

A SIGNED ukulele from Brit Award-winner Ed Sheeran is just one of the items that will be up for grabs at a charity event in Portishead next month.

Following the success of a celebrity football match and auction in 2011, which raised thousands of pounds for charity, Portishead Town Football Club is gearing up to host the event once again.

For the second year running, Geoff Barrow, founder member of the world famous band Portishead, who grew up in the town, has joined forces with local organisation Kicking out for Kids to stage a football match to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West and the football club.

Last year celebrities from the world of music, TV and sport, including Roni Size, Daddy G from Massive Attack and former Bristol Rover boss Paul Trollope were recruited to take part in the match, which was supported by more than 1,000 people.

An all-star celebrity line up is set to do battle with Portishead Jurassic Sparks veterans team once again on September 2.


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Names already lined up include Geoff Barrow himself, Roni Size and Ian Mathews from the band Kasabian, many more are said to be in the pipeline. Other celebrity surprises are planned for the day which will include raffles and an auction hosted by BBC weather presenter Jemma Cooper. The auction will include prizes from the world of music and sport, including Ed Sheeran’s ukulele.

Kelsey Grammar, star of the hit US TV show Frasier, made an appearance at last year’s event in and organisers say they are confident this year will be equally ‘showbiz’.

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Both teams have a celebrity manager from the world of football, who will be giving the teams top tips and will be supporting from the touchlines.

Geoff said: “After the huge success of last year’s match we can’t wait to take up the challenge of playing Jurassic Sparks again. It is also a pleasure to support Portishead Town Football Club and the truly brilliant work of Children’s Hospice South West.”

The match kicks off at 2.30pm at the Bristol Road club. Gates open at 12 noon.

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