British singer Sir Paul McCartney has signed a custom, hand-made rocking horse for charity, modeled after his own appaloosa horse Moonstar.Made by the renowned Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses firm, the rocking horse will be auctioned for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the official Charity partner of the Ultimate Christmas Fair.
The rocking horse will be on show at The Ultimate Christmas Fair in Liverpool and sold on eBay, with bidding starting on November 19.
In addition to providing his autograph, the Beatles legend has written John Lennon’s famous lyric, “Rocking horse people eat marshmallow pie”, from the band’s hit, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
It has been carved from oak and chestnut supplied by Windsor Great Park Estates, and contains a “surprise” hidden by McCartney in a secret chamber inside the carved horse.
The mane and tail on the rocking horse are made from real horse hair and a plait of hair from Moonstar has been woven into its tail. Moonstar is wearing a miniature western saddle and a hackamore bridle.
Profits from the auction will go to help fund life-saving medical equipment and research at Alder Hey’s new site, located on West Derby’s Springfield Park. The hospital’s £237 million rebuild includes a giant indoor tree-house, an outdoor play deck with fish tanks on each of the six wards, a relaxation garden, and interactive screens in the patient waiting areas.
McCartney knows the hospital well and believes his mother Mary, who was a nurse and died when he was 14, may even have worked there for a time.
Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses have been hand-crafting rocking horses for more than 30 years, based in Bethersden, Kent.
Their creations have been made for Harrods, Selfridges, the Sultan of Brunei, the Queen and most members of the Royal family.
Their horses have been auctioned across the globe, raising over £1 million for various charities, with the highest bid so far at £35,000.
The auction will run for 10 days and closes on November 29.