Couple secure star prizes for online auction

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A couple from Risby are holding a charity auction in the hope of helping their nephew who has been diagnosed with a muscle-wasting condition.

Paul Revens and wife Angela Cornwell-Revens are delighted to have been inundated with lots from entertainment stars.

Items up for grabs include a signed CD from legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, a tennis dress worn by former world number one Ana Ivanovic, original scripts from the ITV drama Downton Abbey, Dr Who and Absolutely Fabulous and signed photographs of Dame Judi Dench, John Travolta, Friends star Courteney Cox, Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle, Kylie Minogue and Colin Firth.

High Flying Birds and former Oasis star Noel Gallagher has also donated items.

Paul, 35, and Angela, 33, organised the auction after their three-year-old nephew Daniel McLellan was diagnosed with Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting condition so rare that only a handful of people in the UK are affected.

They have pledged to raise £500,000 for Dan’s Hope, a fund set up by Dan’s Huntington based parents, Debra, Paul’s sister, and her husband James.

Angela said: “While our nephew is a very happy, strong-willed boy, he becomes angry and frustrated with his condition and it is absolutely awful to see.”

“It is heartbreaking to know that the future may hold very difficult times for him,” added Paul.

Funds raised through the eBay auction, which ends on December 14, will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Go to myworld.ebay.co.uk/dans-hope