David Walliams raises funds for Great Ormond Street AND the House of Illustration in one night! And wanted Rylan Clark to win X Factor!
Yesterday Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams spent most of his day in a special pop up toy shop in London, telling his fans on Twitter: “I’m launching ‘The Toyshop’ in Covent Garden. Barclaycard have created it and all profits go to Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital. ‘The Toyshop’ is at 23 The Piazza, Covent Garden, London. Come down and buy some toys if you can. It’s all for a great cause.”
The Covent Garden shop, set up by Barclaycard, will donate all profits towards the charity with the aim of raising a minimum of £15,000 over the next nine days.
The toyshop is completely cashless and all items are under £20, so consumers can pay using a card.
Charity David gave some sweet interviews to raise awareness of the charity, which you can watch here and he also revealed he really DID wanted Rylan Clark to win X Factor.
After this David hotfooted it to Sotheby’s, raising funds for the House of Illustration with close friend Quentin Blake. Walliams hosted part of the evening and bid single-mindedly up to £4,000, for the illustration of his wife Lara Stone’s favourite things – which included their dog Bert, the Dutch football team and being married.
Walliams also bought a companion piece – his own “portrait” by House of Illustration founder Quentin Blake, which revealed his penchant for spaghetti and meatballs, his pyjamas and his love for the gold pocket watch his wife bought him for his 40th birthday (£8,000).
The House of Illustration exceeded their hoped-for 40k by a big margin. Mr Walliams and Mr Blake will be guests on Newsnight tonight.
This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here!