Paolo Nutini donates gig tickets for online charity auction

Paolo Nutini has donated gig tickets to an auction in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.

Celebrities including Ben Whishaw, Joe Lycett, Brendan O’Carroll, Chris and Rosie Ramsey, Adam Kay, Alex Horne and Dame Jacqueline Wilson have shown their support for the Piece of Mind: The Brain Tumour Charity Auction.

Auctioneers, Lyon & Turnbull, are running the fundraising sale.

It comes after mum-of-one Theo Burrell, 35, was diagnosed with an aggressive grade 4 glioblastoma last summer.

Expert Theo, from Edinburgh, joined Lyon & Turnbull in 2011 and the Antiques Roadshow team in 2018.

Theo Burrell

Theo Burrell

‘Receiving my diagnosis, at the age of 35, when my son was one year old, was devastating,’ Theo said.

‘Overnight everything had changed. Suddenly I’d gone from being a healthy person in the middle of my life with a new baby, to having incurable cancer with maybe only a year or two left to live.

‘What followed was months of surgery and treatment to try and prolong my life, and although I continue to make the best of each day, my tumour will return and it will kill me.

‘My care has been excellent and new advances in science have helped me fight cancer so far. However, only by funding research into brain tumours can we get closer to a life-saving cure.’

Fans of Paisley-born singer Nutini  can bid on two tickets to Latitude Festival, with a meet-and-greet with the star himself after his headline set.

He has also donated a signed Fender acoustic guitar which will go to the highest bidder.

Exclusive tickets to the Chris and Rosie Ramsey Show at Wembley Arena, a private session with the Dogfather Graeme Hall, a Michelin-starred lunch with This is Going to Hurt author Adam Kay, and a one-off vase hand-crafted by comedian Joe Lycett are also up for grabs.

Gina Almond, director of fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity, said: ‘We are hugely grateful to Theo and everyone working together on the auction.

‘There are some amazing items so kindly donated and the funds raised will make a huge difference to our work to accelerate a cure for brain tumours and double survival and halve the harm they cause.’

Despite 12,000 people being diagnosed every year with a primary brain tumour, survival rates have barely improved in 40 years.

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer in children and adults under 40, yet investment in research is low, and there is currently no cure.

The auction will take place online at between 14-21 June.


Current list of lots:

  1. Hand-painted vase by Joe Lycett
  2. Paddington Bear signed gift bundle & personalised voice message 
  3. Tickets to see Adam Kay, plus Michelin-starred meal with him
  4. Silver and Moonstone Ring from the private collection of Dame Jacqueline Wilson
  5. Two tickets to see Chris and Rosie Ramsey at Wembley Arena
  6. Dog Training Session with ‘Dogfather’ Graeme Hall
  7. Tickets to see Mrs Brown’s Boys Live + meet with cast members
  8. Four Tickets and Backstage Access to ITV’s The Masked Singer
  9. VIP Taskmaster experience
  10. The Chase VIP experience + meet a Chaser + signed merch
  11. Signed Fender acoustic guitar, 2 x weekend tickets to Latitude, and a meet/greet with Paolo Nutini
  12. 30-minute zoom with Nina Gold, Game of Thrones casting director
  13. Clapperboard from hit Netflix series Sex Education
  14. Lunch and manuscript read with Publishing Director at Puffin
  15. Lunch and manuscript read with top literary agent at Curtis Brown
  16. Four-ball and lunch for two at Muirfield, Gullane with Andy Irvine
  17. 3 nights stay at Coldingham Loch for up to 6 with optional fly fishing
  18. Racehorse owner 2-day experience with Double Grand National Winning Trainer Lucinda Russell
  19. Diamond Masterclass for 12 with jewellery specialist, Ruth Davis
  20. 2021 Tour British and Irish Lions and Springboks signed rugby shirts
  21.  ‘Dinner with the Experts’: Dinner for Six with Antiques Specialists Theo Burrell and Colin Fraser
  22. Whisky Tasting for 14 with Dramfool
  23. John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo) OBE, Morninglight Isle of Gigha
  24. David Michie OBE Garden, Dark Border with Blue Irises
  25. New 10-inch Apple iPad
  26. House of Bruar Hamper
  27. Upholstered footstool
  28. Tour, Tasting and lunch for Six at Bellfield Brewery
  29. Contemporary Scottish Silver Beaker by Marion E. Kane
  30. Luxury Stay, Meals and Gift Package for Two in ‘The Cashmere Suite’ at Stobo Castle
  31. Two Day Canoe Tour of the River Spey for Two with Highland Adventure School
  32. Wine Tasting with Lewis Renton
  33. Champagne Afternoon Tea for Six at Cutlers’ Hall, London
  34. Signed Brighton & Hove Albion Football Shirt
  35. Hospitality for Two at the Genesis Scottish Golf Open, July 2023
  36. Glenfarclas 20-year-old limited edition bottle
  37. William Wilson OBE St Martin’s Bridge Toledo
  38. Family Ticket and Private Tour of London or Whipsnade zoo
  39. Five Annual Subscriptions for Magazines from Our Media
  40. Upholstery Workshop with Deco Ghetto
  41. A Week’s Stay in September for Six at Ruddon Grange, Elie, Fife
  42. A week’s stay for eight at Tregastel House, Southwold
  43. Two Night Luxury Stay for two at the Caledonian Club, London
  44. Three Night stay and lunch for two in rural South Norfolk
  45. Week’s stay for four in the Borders
  46. Private tour & lunch for 6 of the Mary Quant Exhibition
  47. Signed Scotland Football top
  48. A week’s stay for two in Northumberland

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