The pop star Robbie Williams is once again demonstrating his caring side, by donating some of his prized possessions ahead of a charity sale in July. The auction by London-based Bonhams will raise much-needed cash for the Donna Louise Children's Hospice, a charitable organisation for which the singer is a patron.

It is hoped that the auction will raise many thousands of pounds, with around 150 items from Robbie's personal collection believed to be going under the hammer. The numerous artefacts are said to include stage costumes, awards and even lyrics from the early 1990s that have been handwritten by the star himself.

Highly-saleable items

Several of the lots are not expected to come cheap, given the army of Robbie fans around the globe who are sure to be interested in buying the items. The handwritten lyrics for Let Me Entertain You, a number one smash hit for the 41-year-old, are believed likely to go for up to £6,000. The cream suit he wore on the video for the track Radio could raise as much as £7,000.

With an MTV video Music award from his Take That days and a multi-platinum disc award always a nice addition for the wall, there seems sure to be something to tickle the fancy of most of Robbie's followers in the sale. Unique music memorabilia with confirmed provenance is generally very saleable, especially when it relates to a celebrity of Robbie's standing.

Star feels privileged to be a patron

Of his decision to assist with the fund raising for the hospice, the former Take That and hugely-successful solo singer said that "it makes a real difference to these children." He added that the money raised would go to "a fantastic charity" and that he felt that it was a "privilege for me to be a patron." The star confirmed that many of the items being bid for represented "personal markers of my career and life so far," a statement certain to raise the interest of his devoted fan-base.

Worthy charity

The Donna Louise provides support to children with life-limiting conditions, not forgetting their families, through the tremendous efforts of supporters, volunteers and fundraisers. Their support extends right across Cheshire and Staffordshire, so for Stoke-born Robbie he is very much giving back to his local community through his patronage.

The auction has adopted the rather catchy "Doing it for the Kids" title, which sums up both the aim of the sale and the work carried out by the organisation it is supporting rather aptly. With around £3 million per year estimated to be required to fund its great work, it is hoped that the auction exceeds its fund raising expectations.