Paul McCartney signs rocking horse to help sick children

  • Rocking along to the Beatles has taken on a whole new meaning.

    Sir Paul McCartney has signed a bespoke rocking horse created by the Stevenson Brothers, which will be auctioned off to raise money for children’s hospital Alder Hey in Liverpool.

    The Yesterday hitmaker also wrote the lyric “rockin’ horse people eat marshmallow pies”, from the hit Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, on the piece.

    The horse was designed with a little help from Sir Paul’s own equine friend Moonstar and features a plait of hair from the steed himself.

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    As well as this, Sir Paul has also placed an additional surprise inside a secret locking chamber that has been built into the underside of the rocking horse.

    Those hoping for a ticket to ride the one-of-a-kind creation can see it at The Ultimate Christmas Fair at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre, 26-29 November.

    It will be auctioned via eBay from 19-29 November; money raised by the sale will go towards funding medical equipment and research.

    “To have Paul on board is a huge honour and we’ve been blown away by the Stevenson Brothers’ offer of creating such an exquisite piece that you can see at our event,” said event director Sharon Burrell.

    “When it comes to autographs, Paul’s is the crème de la crème.

    “We have no doubt that he’ll help bring in some much-needed funds for this amazing charity.”

    All money from children’s tickets to the fair will also be donated to the Liverpool-based charity.

    Stevenson Brothers have designed rocking horses for The Queen and have more than 30 years of experience in their field.

    On Friday afternoon (27 November), the bidding for the rocking horse had reached £5,800.

    Louise Barrett, from the charity, said they are “honoured and humbled” that Sir Paul has pledged his support.

    “This time of year is for love and laughter, but for many families across the North West, it is a reminder of the struggles they’ve faced or the heart-breaking news they’ve had to deal with,” she said.

    “Our mission is to provide our patients with the best possible care, while supporting their loved ones every step of the way.”

    Click here to view the rocking horse on eBay

    Ref: H&H 26 November, 2015

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