Chris Evans raises almost £300k for Ukraine after Coldplay and Rod Stewart donate to star-studded auction

CHRIS Evans has already raised almost £300,000 for Ukraine with his star-studded auction featuring lots donated by Rod Stewart, David Walliams and Coldplay — with just over 24 hours to go until it closes.

The Virgin Radio DJ, who hosts The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky, is selling off more than 100 items and experiences, provided by his showbiz pals to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee.

But bidders only have until midnight this evening to pledge money to win any of the lots.

A superstar lunch with Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Colin Firth and Jack Savoretti is one of the most popular lots, with bids exceeding £25,000.

Chris has also opened up his home in Marlow, giving the chance for five bidders to spend four nights there for the duration of Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park food and music festival in May.

More than £10,000 has been pledged for a five-course meal with Dame Emma Thompson, Hayley Atwell, Michelle Dockery, Vanessa Kirby and Sienna Miller.

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Other big money lots include afternoon tea with David Walliams at his house, four tickets for a Coldplay concert at Wembley Stadium with the opportunity to meet the band, and a painting by Dame Judi Dench.

So far £20,000 has been bid for one of several lots provided by Sir Rod Stewart.

He wrote: “Come see me in Vegas! I’m offering four top quality tickets to my show in Las Vegas on Saturday 21st May 2022, plus a meet and greet with yours truly.

“You’ll get accommodation for three nights at the world-renowned Caesars Palace Hotel and Virgin Atlantic return flights.”

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Announcing the auction earlier this week, Chris said: “Basically everyone we contacted to get involved has said yes.

“If we raise a tenner it's a tenner they don't currently have – but let's hope it's a bit more than that.

“We are not attached to any kind of optimistic outcome, we are just going to do it and send the cheque where it needs to go as soon as possible when the money comes in."

For the full list of more than 100 items and experiences, and to place a bid, head to

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