Hospital charity launches Ebay account to sell celebrity-signed keyboard

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eBay logoRaise – the charity for West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust – is dipping its toes into online auctions in a bid to boost its income.

And its first item is a great start – a keyboard signed by celebrity choirmaster Gareth Malone.

The music-maker found time in the middle of rehearsing a choir, comprised of hospital staff and patients, to sign the keyboard and leave an inspirational message on it.

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The Casio LK-136 (which is not the keyboard used in the recently televised Gareth Malone’s Christmas Concert) will now be sold to the highest bidder. The deadline for the auction is 21 January 2020.

Sofia Sheikh with signed keyboard
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Charity Director Sofia Sheikh (pictured) said: “Raising money can be very competitive and we need to ensure we are making it as easy as possible to give your money to us! That’s why we are so pleased to be adding eBay to Just Giving and PayPal as online ways of donating.

“There will always be a place for traditional fundraising. Everyone loves a cake sale and we are thrilled when people volunteer to hold events or take part in sponsored runs and other challenges.

“For people or companies who want to support us but can’t offer money, providing high value items for auction or services such as make-overs or promoting events in the work place is a great way to give. I hope that the keyboard is the first of many items that help Raise continue its great work in support of the patients and staff of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust.

“Please get in touch on or 01923 436177 if you have something to auction.”

Raise is featured on eBay for Charity at

Notes for Editors 

Any pictures attached may be freely replicated.

For more information or photo opportunities please contact Sofia on 01923 436177.

Raise is dedicated to supporting patient care at Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital. More information about the charity is at

Raise is registered charity number 1052210.