EXETER-based music shop and guitar manufacturer Manson's has just raised more than £55,000 for charity with the auction of a guitar signed by all three members of the rock band Muse.
The Manson Matthew Bellamy signature guitar MB-1 was sold by Adrian Ashton, Manson’s Sales Director, and raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.
Adrian said he was astonished by the total amount of £55,307.92 raised.
In 2012 this would have comfortably made the top 10 global list of Celebrity Charity Auctions, surpassing the $80,000 raised to spend a day with former US president, Bill Clinton.
He said: "I am not sure I can adequately describe my thanks, firstly to the big heartedness of the successful bidder who wishes to remain anonymous, next the support from the Manson’s team and of course to Muse for signing the guitar, something I know they do not undertake lightly. I only hope I can repeat the result next year!’
Helen Thompson, spokesperson for the PSPA said ‘ We would like to extend our thanks to the generous buyer, to all those at Manson’s Guitar Works who contributed to the initiative, especially for choosing PSPA as one of the beneficiaries of this sale. The £27,000 we have received is a transformational amount of money for the PSPA…..’
Speaking on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care, Community Fundraiser Sarah Washington, commented ‘ the final bid coming in meant Marie Curie Cancer Care benefited from £27,653.96. This will provide 1382 nursing hours, which based on 26 hours a week would be a whole year of nursing care for a patient. We were delighted when we were informed of the amount that this generous gift raised’