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September 20, 2012 / angelavbolton

Celebrity Auction ~ Donations Needed

The following is a letter that Robert’s sister Ritamary has sent out to over fifty celebrities. She has received some responses and would like your help to get more. The auction itself may take place during the Benefit Night event (still to be organised) or it may take place separately:

Bob Bolton is a bass guitarist from Dublin. He was a founder member of Stepaside, The Negatives, The Chosen Few and Some People. He recorded ‘Love Potion No 9’, and his own composition ‘The Prize’. He played with The Swarbriggs, and appeared on stage with Eric Clapton. In Oct 2011 Bob suffered serious brain injury following surgery and has been in a minimally conscious state ever since.

Before his surgery, Bob was a fit slim man of 66 with a normal active life, a much loved wife, a blues album to record, music to write, grandchildren to spoil. Now his life is shattered.

Bob is in a queue for 12 weeks of rehab at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. Ireland ranks lowest in Europe for neuro rehabilitation facilities and consultants. We have no fixed date for his admission. There is nowhere else in Ireland that can help him. He is on his own except for us, his family.

The planned Celebrity Recycling Auction is a Bolton family effort to raise funds to transfer him to a neuro facility in Oxford, the Oxford Centre for Enablement (, where Prof Derek Wade leads a team with a world reputation in ground-breaking neuro rehab. We are hoping, with your help, to hold this auction in November 2012, and bring him to Oxford as soon as possible.

Could you recycle a small item for this auction? We are not looking for anything valuable necessarily, just something small and portable that you once fancied and don’t need any more, with a brief note to show who it is from.

We hope that you can help. We are collecting donations for the auction at my address, 18 Castlefield Woods, Clonsilla Road, Dublin 15. I can collect if that is more convenient. My name is Ritamary Bolton and my email is, mobile is 087 9977376, if there is anything you would like to ask about.

Thank you for reading this far. Thank you and best wishes.

Ritamary Bolton (Robert’s sister)


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