Unique Willy Wonka memorabilia proves golden ticket for charity auction
PUBLISHED: 12:25 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 25 November 2014
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fans have the chance to get their hands on one of Willy Wonka's genuine golden tickets - and they don't need to eat a year's supply of chocolate to find it.
Having starred as Veruca Salt in the original 1971 film, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice children’s service manager Julie Cole has donated her ticket - and a copy of the contract that the children in the film have to sign to enter the chocolate factory - to the auction prizes for the charity’s Dove Ball.
“It was made especially for me and still has the seal intact and I don’t think there are others out there,” says Julie. “It’s a unique item and I can vouch for that, but why should I hang on to it when it could raise a lot of money and help us do so much good.”
The items, including a group photo of child actors, are all signed and it’s hoped that it will attract a lot of international interest.
“We have already been contacted by a fan living in New York, so we a quiet excited ahead of the big night on Saturday,” says head of corporate fundraising, Anita Avery.
• The hospices will accept commission bids until 4pm on Friday November 28. To bid, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the amount you are willing to pay along with your contact details. Or call 01483 881752 for more information
• The Dove Ball takes place on annual Dove Ball on Saturday November 29 and the successful bidder will be notified by Monday December 1