Airfix raises £2k for Help for Heroes

Company auctions off a collection of autographed model Spitfires on Ebay to raise funds for veteran charity.
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Piers Morgan, David Jason, Frank Lampard, Al Murray, Dominic Byrne, Hugh Dennis (pictured with his model), Mark Radcliffe, Paddy Ashdown, Pete Waterman, Bill Bailey and Linford Christie all took part in the campaign, launched last October.

Each celebrity received an Airfix 1:48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a to assemble, paint and autograph for the auction.

In total, there were 162 bids for the celebrity designs, and a sum of £2,000 was raised. Frank Lampard’s spitfire raised the most money with the highest number of bids, raising £220 at 31 bids.

This was closely followed by Al Murray’s spitfire, which received 29 bids, and together with David Jason’s plane raised £205.

Paddy Ashdown raised £127 with 14 bids, and Linford Christie’s design of the Union Jack Flag sold for £112 after 13 bids.

The money raised from the Airfix models will be donated to Help For Heroes, which helps to provide better facilities for wounded British servicemen and women.

Darrell Burge, marketing manager for Airfix, commented: “Airfix are very proud to be able to work with Help for Heroes and help raise money for such a worthy cause. The charity offers vital support to Britain’s ex-servicemen and women and helps them to get back to a normal life after experiencing the effects of duty.

“We would like to thank all the celebrities who have shown their support for the campaign and donated their time and dedication into creating their model Spitfires for the auction.

"Thanks to their input, the auction has been a tremendous success, and Help For Heroes can continue their great work.”

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