American rock stars KISS have donated prizes to be auditioned off at the Red Sea Pedestrians 10th Anniversary Charity ball in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital at the Lowry Hotel next month.
The Charity Ball will be raising funds to support the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) which cared for many of the young victims who were seriously injured in the Manchester Arena attack. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a regional major trauma centre with all paediatric major trauma cases from across the region directed to the hospital, with most of these cases cared for in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
A total of £740k is required to ensure the unit is able provide 26 cutting edge life support machines. The new state-of-the-art life support machines are the most advanced mechanical ventilators and the very real impact they will have on the quality of patient care, and the benefits it will mean for medical staff is considerable.
To support the fundraising effort, legendary rock band KISS has donated a series of incredible, money-can’t-buy prizes.
The band has donated three of their personal guitars, signed by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer respectively plus a signed personal snare drum with signed drum sticks from Eric Singer. The guitar donated by Paul Stanley is his signature Ibanez PS120 guitar which he was intending to play at their Manchester Arena gig on Tuesday 30th May. The band sadly had to cancel the gig following the attack at the Manchester Arena. The guitar has never been played and will be up for auction along with VIP tickets to any sold out KISS show in the world, plus tickets for the sold out Kiss Kruise 2018 with a meet and greet with the band.
Speaking about donating the prizes, Paul Stanley commented, “We were devastated by the heinous attack in Manchester Arena and had to do something to support the city. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s incredible work with children was never more evident than after this horrific event. We are humbled to be able to give something to support them in their ongoing efforts. Knowing that the money raised will go towards purchasing life-support ventilators, our prayers and wishes will continue to help both those affected directly by the attack, and beyond. This night will give everyone an opportunity to do their part in raising as much money as possible for an incredibly worthy cause.”
The charity is accepting closed bids for the auction prize with further information available from the charity team on 0161 701 1124. Bids will close at midnight on Saturday 17 March 2018.
Manchester Arena image courtesy of Matthew Hartley and Flickr.