Ricky Gervais is one of several British celebrities who have designed candle holders for charity. The bone-china candle holders will be auctioned off on eBay starting today, with all profits funding the Cure Parkinson’s Trust ILLUMINATE campaign.
The comedian took to his blog to spread the word, urging readers to “Please bid for my little doodle in an auction for Parkinson’s.”
Gervais, Robbie Coltrane, Sophie Dahl, Stephen Fry, and 30 others have lent their artistry to the campaign, which—according to the Trust’s website—“Aims to not only raise funds towards a cure for the degenerative neurological condition, but also to educate and inform young people about its effect.”
The candle-holder designs are featured in a book already available for purchase.
All the designs and information on the designers is available on the Cure Parkinson’s Trust website—which features an ecstatic-looking Gervais mugging for the camera. During the sale, celebrity-obsessed donors can purchase autographed photos from the likes of Michael Caine, Geri Halliwell, and Matt Lucas and David Walliams (the creators of “Little Britain”).
The Cure Parkinson’s Trust ILLUMINATE Campaign was started by Becky Hurd, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 29. “[My diagnosis] was devastating news, which came completely out of the blue,” says Hurd. “But for the sake of my two-year-old daughter and wonderful husband, I am determined to do everything I can to make a difference and help find a cure.”