A bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, Edward Heath and Ian Gilmore is being auctioned on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.
The bottle was originally intended to be used to raise funds for The David Hodge Memorial Trust, set up to celebrate the memory of David, who as a young photojournalist lost his life as a result of injuries sustained while covering the Brixton riots in 1985. The trust gave an annual bursary to a young photojournalist for 20 years until it was wound up, his family and the trustees feeling that they had achieved their ambition of encouraging and supporting excellent young photographers.
The bottle had originally contained the signatures of Margaret Thatcher and Ian Gilmour, then MP for Chesham and Amersham where David’s family live. It had been given to David’s father by Ian Gilmour for Mr Hodge to raise funds for the Trust. He asked Fiona Mactaggart, a founding trustee and now Labour MP for Slough to look after it and find an opportunity to raffle it. She failed in that task, but succeeded in persuading every present and former living prime minister to add their names. She thinks it is the only example of a memento signed by so many of our countries leaders: Edward Heath, Jim Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
If the price is high enough she has promised, if the 2015 election brings a new prime minister into office to seek that signature too for whoever buys the bottle.
There are 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK today and it is responsible for almost 160,000 deaths each year, an average of 440 people each day. Every pound raised makes a huge difference.
You can bid by visiting: http://www.rolloutauction.com/auction/lot.php?ID=34
You have until 10th February to bid, good luck!