Downton Abbey star steps up for Starship

By Siobhan Leathley

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville. Photo / Supplied
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville. Photo / Supplied

Tea, scones and an earl; Downton Abbey fans can bid on a high tea with the real-life Earl of Grantham, and Crawley patriarch, Hugh Bonneville.

The hour-long high tea, donated by Prime TV, is part of Starship Children's Hospital's Spring Clean September charity drive.

The package had reached $615 on Trade Me last night and included return flights from any main centre to Auckland.

The British actor, also a patron for international medical charity Merlin and London children's charity Scene & Heard, said he was delighted to support a worthwhile cause.

"I'm truly looking forward to meeting the auction winner and encourage all Kiwis to support Starship's Spring Clean, however they can."

Other fundraising options included Olympic canoe gold medallist, Lisa Carrington's 2011 world championship suit, a Breakers game day experience; CDs signed by artists Justin Bieber, Duffy and Ronan Keating; a teddy bear signed by Olympian Mark Todd; and Scott Dixon-signed racing gear.

- Herald on Sunday

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