The Forget-Me-Not Project
Raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma
Research via theatre-related auctions
Welcome to the Forget-Me-Not Project website which was launched in October 2011 as part of a fund-raising initiative for Leukaemia & Lymphona Research. It is dedicated to the memory of my sister, Sue. You can read more about Sue's story and the background to The Forget-Me-Not Project HERE.
Please scroll down the Table on the left to have a browse around.
Among the many people who have participated so far are famous names such as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Michael Ball, Robin Williams, Anna Friel, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Fry, John Barrowman, Sir Ian Botham and many, many more....
Monday 10th February 2014
A long overdue update: the Christmas Auction raised a grand total of £836, bringing the yearly total donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to £2400. Grateful thanks to all participants, donors, buyers and bidders! Fundraising for 2014 kicks off with our first auction in March. Dates will be announced soon and look out for Gallery updates of new items in the meantime...
Thursday 28th November
The Christmas Auction finally goes live tonight and is dedicated to the memory of Anne-Marie Jones (1974-2013):
Tuesday 26th November The countdown to the Christmas Auction is nearly over and links on the Current Auctions page will go live from Thursday evening. Check out some fantastic items, including 5 exclusive postcards signed by 'Call the Midwife' cast members. You can read why the show features so heavily in the Xmas Auction in a new Blog section found here.
Still to come: updates from my recent trip to New York featuring signed items from the likes of John Kander, Stephanie J Block, Norbert Leo Butz, Julia Murney, Wes Taylor, Rory O'Malley, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Crystal, James MacAvoy, Orlando Bloom & Arthur Darvill among others. Please keep checking back for updates and Happy Bidding to all those who take part in the Xmas Auction! x
Wednesday 13th November
Planning and preparation for the bumper Christmas Auction (beginning 28th November) is well under way. The list of listings now stands at 81 items, including photos, autographs, programmes, playbills, autobiographies, magazines and original artwork. Please follow The Forget-Me-Not Project on Facebook or Twitter for regular updates and be sure to check back here on 28th November for links to every single item on offer. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday 21st October
October's auction listings have now ended and the grand total of £308 has been added to this year's donations sent to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. My grateful thanks to all involved! Work begins now on the bumper Christmas auction which will include dozens of great items collected over the last year or so.
N.B: A note on photo reprints: ALL flower photos will now be available to order unmounted - please see the Store / Donations page for full details.
Friday 11th October
23 auction listings are now live and will run through to 20th October. Check out the Current Auctions Page for links to all items. The 'Flower Photos' Gallery will soon be updated with the newest photos added to the collection, including such names as Emma Thompson, Jenny Agutter, Brian May, Alexander Armstrong and Miranda Hart. Also, look out for new collectibles which will be added to the Memorabilia page shortly ready for a bumper Christmas auction starting in late November.
Tuesday 1st October
Plans are underway for the next two auctions: one will run between 10th-20th of October followed by a bumper Christmas Auction from 28th November - 8th December. Look out for further details in due course or why not check out The Forget-Me-Not Project Facebook page?
Monday 5th August
Today marks the 14th anniversary of the loss of my beautiful sister Sue, in whose memory The Forget-Me-Not Project was established. I'm pleased to be able to honour her further by revealing that the total raised in the Summer Auction was £380, a sum which will be matched by my employers. This brings the total amount raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research so far to around the £3200 mark. Huge thanks to each and every person who has contributed.
Wednesday 24th July
All 50 listings in the forthcoming Summer Auction are now complete and ready to 'go live' on the evening of 25th July. You can find links to individual auction pages here. Among the items on offer are photo/autograph sets featuring Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sir Ian Botham, Reece Shearsmith, Sarah Lancashire, Norm Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and many, many more. Plus over a dozen items of memorabilia signed by the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Kara Tointon, James Corden, Alice Cooper, Mark Gatiss, Jenna Russell & Street Cat Bob!
My grateful thanks to those involved for their generosity in providing them and to everyone who gets involved in bidding for them. Break a leg to all!
Tuesday 2nd July
Preparations for the Forget-Me-Not Project's Summer Auction are well under way. Auction listings will go live on Thursday 25th July and run through until Sunday 4th August. Among the autographs included so far: Jessica Hynes, Robert Sean Leonard, Dame Judi Dench, Suranne Jones, Tom Sturridge, Ben Whishaw and the cast of this year's Tony Award winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots. Why not follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for regular updates of many more items to be included?!
Tuesday 28th May
I am currently in the process of sending out 32 items sold in the last auction; it raised the wonderful sum of £619, which brings the total passed to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research so far to just short of £2500! I'd like to express my thanks to the many actors/performers/presenters/sports people who have participated, as well as all the generous bidders & buyers. The provisional dates for the next auction are 25th July-4th August. Watch this space for further details... x
Sunday 19th May
Auction listings are now live and attracting plenty of views/watchers/bids :-) - you can check them out here.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported / followed / liked / donated to The Forget-Me-Not Project in recent weeks.
Wednesday 15th May
Less than 24 hours until the auction listings go live and I am very excited about how much they might raise for Leukaemia Research. Further details and individual links will follow but in the meantime here's a taster of some of the autographs up for grabs: Kiefer Sutherland, Tim Minchin, Tom Hanks, Fiona Shaw, David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Cumming, Maria Friedman, James Earl Jones, Allison Janney, David Walliams, Rafe Spall, Ian Botham, Amanda Holden, Dame Eileen Atkins and many, many more. Please follow on twitter / facebook and share with friends to generate as much interest as possible. Thank you!!
Monday 6th May
The F-M-N auction will run between 16th-26th May and details of the items included will be published in the next week. In the meantime and with many thanks to all who have generously participated, here are the photos, autographs and signed items recently collected for The Forget-Me-Not Project. Remember, all ' photos' come with exclusive Forget-Me-Not cards autographed by the actors pictured.
Wednesday 17th April
After a wonderfully hectic couple of weeks I have gathered quite a few more items to be auctioned off later this year (date of auction tbc soon).
One of my must-see TV programmes is 'Call the Midwife'. A couple of weeks ago I travelled to the Harlow Playhouse to see Laura Main (Sister Bernadette) in a production called' The Lost Dragon'. Laura kindly posed for a lovely picture and signed a copy of the Express magazine featuring an interview/photoshoot she did recently.
Last week I spent 5 days in New York where I managed to gather signed items / photos / autographs from, amongst others, Tom Hanks, Bertie Carvel, Andrea Martin, Nathan Lane, Stark Sands, Andrew Garfield, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Minchin, Analeigh Ashford, David Duchovny, Billy Porter, Christopher MacDonald, Alan Cumming, Matthew James Thomas and Sigourney Weaver. I hope to add some signed playbills to this collection in the weeks to come.
Check out the gallery below for some images from my recent travels:
Tuesday 2nd April
Thanks to all the generous bidders & buyers in the recent Les Mis-themed auction. Over £200 was raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which is a great to this year's fundraising efforts. I'd like to dedicate this auction in memory of my Dad who was always so supportive of The Forget-me-Not Project.
Next stop: New York City! Look out for some real-time updates via the F-M-N Project twitter feed week. I hope to bring plenty more goodies to put up for auction in the coming months. Also coming soon (hopefully): a blog featuring some of my adventures in Theatreland.
The Forget-Me-Not Project may be moving to a new-look website later this year in order to make navigation easier and to build visitor numbers. Thanks to all my regular visitors for your support so far. x
Thursday 28th March
3 days left in the Les Mis-themed auction; thanks to all those who have bid and browsed so far. Here's hoping for a few more ££'s to pass on to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in 2013.
There are 3 new additions to the 'Flower Photo Gallery' - thanks to Adrian Hansel, Sally Hawkins & Rafe Spall who kindly posed for photos in December.
Next month sees me back on Broadway (walking & watching, not performing!) where I hope to add some exciting items to the photo and memorabilia .
Thursday 21st March
16 new auction listings today. Please check out the Current Auctions page for links and full details. Among the Les Miserables alumni featured are Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Hannah Waddingham, Alfie Boe, Rebecca Caine, Peter Polycarpou, Matt Lucas, Sierra Boggess and current cast Geronimo Rauch, Tam Mutu & Danielle Hope. Many thanks to all for their participation!
Sunday 17th March
Happy St Patrick's Day to all! I have begun to finalise items to be included in the next auction and hope to have them listed here within the next 1-2 days. I also hope to add a section to the site about the shows, plays & events I attend. Sadly my planned theatre trips so far this year have had to be put on hold. However, I intend to make up for it in the coming m0nths and hope to collect many more photos, autographs and items of memorabilia to auction off for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Watch this space & wish me luck... x
Saturday 16th March
Unfortunately plans for a Les Miserables-themed auction to coincide with the film's release had to be postponed due to a bereavement. The rescheduled auction will now run between 21st-31st March with photos / autographs & memorabilia featuring stars of the film, including Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks & Aaron Tveit. Full details to follow soon...
Saturday 22nd December
The final have been received for the Christmas auctions and £710 has today been passed to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research via Ebay for Charity. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported The Forget-Me-Not Project over the course of 2012. Here's to continued fundraising success in 2013 - wishing peace, health & happiness to all.
Monday 26th November
The 50 Christmas listings are now live and are already attracting interest & bids. A late addition to the auctions is a copy of Miranda Hart's brilliant new book 'Is It Just Me?' which will be available to bid on from Weds 28th November.
Tuesday 20th November - Christmas Auction Gallery
The gallery below features 20 collectable items of memorabilia which will be up for grabs in the auction; a further 30 exclusive photo & autograph sets will also be available to buy in the listings which will go live from Sunday 25th November.
Friday 16th November - Christmas Auction !
The next auction will run from 25th November - 5th December and features 30 exclusive photo/autograph sets and no less than 20 other items of signed memorabilia. A gallery of featured items will be added soon, so please check back for updates. Don't forget you can also Forget-Me-Not Project on Twitter & Facebook.
Tuesday 6th November
After a recent hiatus and some site technical difficulties The Forget-Me-Not Project will be back later this month with a bumper Christmas auction featuring numerous photos, autographs and items of memorabilia collected since 2010. Look out for further updates, new items and of what's coming up in 2013. In the meantime why not check out the 'Flower Photos' Gallery to see which stars of stage, screen and sports field have participated so far?
Saturday 7th July
Check out the 'Flower Photos' Gallery for new pictures featuring stars from shows such as Matilda, Peter & the Starcatcher, Once, Noises Off, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Night of 1000 Voices, Porgy & Bess, Leap of Faith, Newsies, Rock of Ages and many others. A new gallery has also been created featuring all of the memorabilia items collected for auction so far. You can it here.
Thursday 5th July
The latest July are now live. Visit the Current Auctions Page for further and links to all 20 listings. There are some unique items are up for grabs including a poster from the Night of 1000 Voices gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall in May autographed by a veritable who's who of theatre performers, as well as Broadway cast-signed playbills and behind-the-scenes dressing room photos!
Saturday 30th June
After a short hiatus and one or two technical issues I am very happy to finally announce that the next auction will take place between 5th-15th July. Check out the gallery below for a preview of all the photos, autographs & memorabilia which will be included in the listings. Don't forget that all ' photos' come with a unique autographed Forget-Me-Not postcard:
End of the Rainbow signed playbill
George Ure & Cassie Compton
James Corden signed autobiography
Night of 1000 Voices signed poster
Other Desert Cities signed playbill
Tuesday 8th May
The latest auctions have now finished and a further £300 has been raised for Leukaemia & Research. Thank you to all bidders & buyers! There will be further Broadway listings soon to mark the announcement of the Tony .
On Sunday 6th May I attended the Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall - a glorious celebration of Musical Theatre in a stunning venue and all in aid of a wonderful cause. Special thanks to Hugh Bonneville, Peter Polycarpou, Kerry Ellis, Sally Ann Triplett, Yngve Gasoy-Romdal, Bonnie Langford, Daniel Boys, Tiffany Graves, Brent , Debbie Kurup & Chloe Hart who all kindly posed for 'Forget-Me-Not' flower photos.
Tuesday 1st May
The latest auction listings are now LIVE. Many of those included feature in today's Tony nominations - to all nominees!
This auction must end on Monday 7th May, so please to grab a unique Broadway souvenir by visiting our Auctions Page.
And please keep checking back for updates - there are plenty of Broadway & West End items still to be auctioned off in aid of Leukaemia Research in months to come... with more being collected all the time.
Saturday 28th April
The items included in next week's Broadway-based auction are displayed below.
Up for grabs are no less than 32 'flower photos' featuring stars of stage & screen, plus 10 items of signed Broadway memorabilia.
Don't forget that all 'flower photos' come with an accompanying autographed card, exclusive to the Forget-Me-Not Project!
Thursday 26th April
As promised, the next auction will be a Broadway special featuring many of the photos, autographs and items of memorabilia which I have collected on The Great White Way in the past year or so. The auction will run from Monday 30th April (the eve of the Tony Award nominations!) to Monday 7th May. International bidders welcome! Keep checking back for details of the listings or follow The Forget-Me-Not Project on Twitter (@ForgetMeNot001) for up-to-the minute updates.
The first few items to be included in the upcoming auction are courtesy of the wonderful folks at Leap of Faith: exclusive photos & autographs featuring stars Raul Esparza, Jessica Phillips & Kendra Kassebaum, a signed Leap of Faith playbill and a sure-to-be collector's item of a cast-signed window card which has also been autographed by the show's legendary composer, Alan Menken.
Monday 23rd April
Details of the next auction will be announced very soon. In the meantime here are some of the photos & souvenirs gathered during my most recent West End, Broadway and charity excursions:
Follies - signed window card
Ghost - signed window card
End of the Rainbow - signed playbill
Caissie Levy & Richard Fleeshman
Leap of Faith - signed window card (incl Alan Menken)
Newsies - signed window card (incl Alan Menken)
Other Desert Cities - signed playbill
One Man, Two Guvnors - signed playbill
Nice Work - signed window card
Sister Act - signed window card (incl Alan Menken)
James Corden - signed autobiography
Wizard of Oz - opening night brochure signed by Michael Crawford & Danielle Hope
Legally Blonde - poster signed by final London cast
Oliver - flyer signed by Samantha Barks & Neil Morissey
Memphis - playbill signed by Adam Pascal & Montego Glover
The Recruiting Officer - signed programme
Matilda - programme signed by Original London Cast
Master Class - programme signed by Tyne Daly
One Man, Two Guvnors - window card signed by cast & Richard Bean & Nicholas Hytner
The Best man - signed playbill
Richard II - flyer signed by Eddie Redmayne
Leap of Faith - signed playbill
Don't Dress for Dinner - signed playbill
Abigail's Party - opening night programme signed by cast & Lindsay Posner & David Babani
Thursday 19th April
Back from Broadway after a fantastic week of theatre: 10 shows attended, 15+ 'flower photos' taken and numerous signed playbills & window cards gathered for future auctions. Featuring stars including Raul Esparza, Matthew Broderick, John Lithgow, Kelli O'Hara, Christian Borle, Caissie Levy, Adam Chanler-Berat, Eric McCormack, Kendra Kassebaum, James Corden, Ben Daniels, Roger Rees, John Larroquette, Jeremy Jordan, Tracie Bennett, Norm Lewis, Richard Fleeshman, Audra McDonald, Mercedes Ruehl, Steve Kazee & Celia Keenan-Bolger among others!
Full updates to follow, plus news & pictures from the sports-supported Beefy Walk 2012 which I took part in on 17th April near Birmingham.
Please keep checking back for forthcoming auction listings featuring EXCLUSIVE Broadway, West End & sports-related goodies...
Friday 6th April
The Forget-Me-Not Project is Broadway-bound next week, where we are hoping to capture a bunch of new photos featuring a host of Broadway stars - plus some other exclusive goodies to be auctioned off later this month.
We will be celebrating the six month anniversary of the website's launch on Tuesday 10th April with an announcement of some of the exciting items to be included in our next auction.
Please join in by using the Contact Us page to let us know your thoughts on the F-M-N Project so far. All feedback & suggestions from supporters welcome!
Wednesday 28th March
The Les Miserables auctions raised a fantastic £250 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Grateful thanks to all bidders, buyers & supporters - and of course to the actors who kindly participated. Four remaining items are still up for grabs - check the Auctions page for more details.
Next month I hope to feature some Broadway beauties and more exclusive items
of memorabilia. Watch this space for further details...
And don't forget I am taking part in Ian Botham's Beefy Walk 2012 on 17th April in memory of my sister. You can visit myJustGiving page if you would like to sponsor me. Many thanks!
Thursday 15th March
The Les Mis auctions are now live - you can check out full details here. There are 21 separate listings running from today until 25th March. Happy Bidding & good luck! Ian Botham's epic BeefyWalk 2012 in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is only a few week's away. I will be taking part in the Birmingham walk on 17th April. Full details of the event and an online sponsorship form can be found on my JustGiving page. All new sponsors welcomed!
Monday 12th March
The countdown to the Les Miserables themed auction has begun. It will feature no less than 20 cast members past, present & future who have kindly posed for a 'flower photo' and/or provided an autographed card. There are three special listings offering a poster signed by the current cast, a Forget-Me-Not card autographed by Patti LuPone and some signed Alfie Boe tour goodies. Check out the image gallery below for a sneak preview:
Alexia Khadime (current Eponine)
Caroline Quentin (Original Cast)
Caroline Sheen (current Fantine)
Clive Carter (original Grantaire)
Craig Mather (current Marius)
Danielle Hope (future Eponine)
Frances Ruffelle (original Eponine)
Hadley Fraser (current Javert)
Jonathan Williams (former Jean Valjean)
Liam Tamne (current Enjolras)
Lisa-Anne Wood (current Cosette)
Matt Lucas (25th Anniversary Thenardier)
Michael Ball (original Marius)
Norm Lewis (25th Anniversary Javert)
Philip Quast (10th Anniversary Javert)
Ramin Karimloo (current Jean Valjean)
Rebecca Caine (original Cosette)
Roger Allam (original Javert)
Patti LuPone autograph card
Alfie Boe (former JVJ) signed tour goodies
Poster signed by current cast
Saturday 25th February
Dates for the next auction have now been set. The bumper collection of Les Miserables items will run from 15-25th March. For a taster of one of the special listings please click here.
Monday 20th February
Here's a slideshow of all the Forget-Me-Not photos collected so far this year (including several winners from the 2012 Whatsonstage Awards). Grateful thanks to everyone who has participated!
Mark Evans & Siobhan Dillon
Saturday 18th February
A note on pricing: so far the Project has raised just over £200 which has been passed directly to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. In order to try to maximise the money raised in the coming year, future listings will start at £4.99 (by way of comparison, printing, mounting and listing costs approximately £3 per item). Of course, direct donations or sponsorship are gratefully received as well. Here's the link to my Just Giving page for the Beefy Walk 2012 event in Birmingham: http://www.justgiving.com/Forget-Me-Not-Project
Monday 13th February
In honour of my long-time favourite musical next month's auction will feature
a feast of Les Miserables performers past and present. Look out for some extra special goodies among the listings!
Monday 6th February
New photos added to the gallery including Eddie Redmayne, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Crawford, Tyne Daly and Katherine Parkinson. Watch this space for news of forthcoming auctions - details and items tbc.
Friday 13th January
'January Sales' auctions which start at 99p are now live here. Happy bidding! New photos have been added to the Photo Gallery - thanks to Frances Ruffelle,
Mark Evans & Siobhan Dillon for posing for them.
1st January 2012
January sales auctions run from 12th-22nd Jan. Prices start at just 99p - featuring many of the stars of Sister Act the Musical past & present, plus Lulu, Oliver Thornton, Caissie Levy and many more.
31st December 2011
Wishing health, happiness & peace to all in 2012.
Here's to a New Year which takes us one step closer to a cure for blood & other cancers.
My personal wishes are for the Forget-Me-Not Project auctions to go from strength-to-strength and to see more amazing theatre in 2012!
Thank you for your support & interest.
16th December 2011
Thank you to all who supported, followed, publicised and bid in the Christmas auctions. Your support is greatly appreciated. More to follow in the New Year!
In the meantime I would like to wish everyone
and a happy, healthy & prosperous New Year!
2nd December 2011
The Christmas auctions are now live! The current listings page can be found HERE.
Sue's story added to the Background page.
1st December 2011
The Christmas auction starts tomorrow. Many thanks to the celebrities who have particpated! Here are the photos/autographs included in the auction:
21st November 2011
Danielle Hope & Lauren Samuels
A photo album has been created to preview the Christmas auction listings. The first two names to be added are Dame Judi Dench and Duncan James.You can view the album and check for daily additions here.
18th November 2011
Countdown to the Christmas auction begins soon. 12 more Forget-Me-Not Project photo & card sets will be auctioned between 2nd-12th December. Names to be revealed soon. Follow us on Twitter for daily updates or watch this space!
16th November 2011
Reprints of the first auction photos sold are now available to purchase via our Store page.
The countdown to the next set of auctions begins soon; which of the remaining photos/autographs would you like to see in your Christmas stocking?? Let me know your choices!
I am taking part in Ian Botham's 2012 Beefy Walk next April. If you would like to sponsor me you can visit my JustGiving page HERE
14th November 2011
New photos have been added to the Photo Gallery - featuring Sharon D Clarke, Lulu, Scott Alan, Natalie Weiss, Saul Rubinek, Annalene Beechey, Caissie Levy, Sharon Horgan & Scott Bakula.
12th November 2011
The first set of auctions listings have ended and, so far, £65 has been raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. A massive THANK YOU to all those who participated! Watch this space for the next set of auctions and check out the remaining lisitings here.
3rd November 2011
11 Auctions have now been launched on Ebay - go to the Auctions page for links and more details about what's on offer.
30th October 2011
1st auction listings coming soon - see Auctions page for more details
24th October 2011
Photo Gallery added - 174 pictures uploaded.
21st October 2011
Sample autograph cards uploaded to 'How it works page', Donations button added to Store.
19th October 2011
Sample celebrity photos have been uploaded to the 'How it works' page and more names have been added to the 'Thank You' page listing all contributors to date.
18th October 2011
A 'How it works' page has been added, more background info on the Project has been uploaded and the list of 'Thank You's has been updated.
16th October 2011
A 'Useful Links' page has been added. You can now follow the Forget-Me-Not Project on Twitter and Facebook.
10th October 2011 - 1st pages created
This site is being constructed to launch a fund-raising initiative two years in the making. It will offer visitors a chance to bid on unique photos & autograph cards featuring many well-known names from the world of theatre (and/or TV / films / music / sport).
Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to take a look around and keep checking back for further updates.