Rod Stewart is lending his support to the Teenage cancer Trust charity, with the legendary rock star looking to raise £1 million through an exclusive London event arranged in collaboration with his wife Penny Lancaster. The “Baby Jane” singer is set to host and perform at a glitzy dinner party for 180 specially invited guests on November 22nd that has been planned by the famous couple based on an idea by marketing expert Mark Aldridge, with extra cash raised through the auction of exclusive music memorabilia and unique items donated by Sir Rod’s celebrity pals.

Other auction lots expected to raise much-needed funds for the charity at the “Memories that Matter” event include rare opportunities to rub shoulders with stars from screen and stage, including one prize offering a private dinner date at The Ritz with Rod and Penny themselves. Dame Emma Thompson – currently featuring in the rom com “Last Christmas” alongside Emilia Clarke – is also backing the event, as she will accompany one lucky bidder to a film premiere.

Carefully planned by famous couple

Rod and Penny have invested plenty of their combined effort and time into the cleverly arranged fundraiser, having carefully considered the menu, designed the cocktails and plan to serenade their guests thanks to the undoubted distinctive vocal talents of the Scottish multi-million record seller who will perform live.

Emotional words from Penny

Penny – a noted photographer not to mention a famous model in her own right – has a teenage son by Sir Rod and hence speaking from experience told the Evening Standard that “teenagers are going through so much as it is,” adding that “the idea of having to deal with cancer on top as well – I could not think of anything worse.”

Exclusive auction lots

Among the exclusive auction lots on offer will be an Ed Sheeran-signed guitar, highly-prized artwork created by Ronnie Wood (Rod’s former “Faces” bandmate and ex- “Rolling Stones” band member) and a five-night stay in an Italian castle in Umbria, donated by the Evening Standard’s owner Evgeny Lebedev. Rod’s beloved Celtic also feature in the auction lots, with memorabilia relating to the historic Glasgegian football club going under the hammer.

Supporting young cancer patients

Teenage Cancer Trust is a UK- based cancer care and support charity established in 1990 and set up with the primary aim of improving the experience of young people aged between 13 and 24 who are diagnosed with cancer. Since its foundation, millions of pounds have been raised to fund its life-changing work, thanks in no small part to the efforts of one of its patrons, Roger Daltrey of “The Who”, who has been instrumental in arranging an annual concert series over the years.

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