Def Leppard star drums up aid for Amy’s House

Drumming up support: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, far left, with Amy's House family, friends and staff.
Drumming up support: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, far left, with Amy's House family, friends and staff.
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DEF Leppard superstar Rick Allen is drumming up support for a children’s charity by teaming up with The Star to offer fans the chance to bid for two backstage passes to the band’s homecoming show in Sheffield.

The silent auction also includes tickets for the concert - featuring support bands Motley Crue and Steel Panther - at the Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, December 13.

Def Leppard: Homecoming concert at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Def Leppard: Homecoming concert at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Tickets alone are worth £45 each.

But 48-year-old Leppard drummer Allen hopes fans will bid big money to join him for a backstage tour of a lifetime.

And it’s for a great cause - Amy’s House, a Sheffield respite care centre helping around 70 families with special needs children, aged five to 15.

He became its first patron last year.

Drumming up support: Rick Allen with Amy's mum Jayne Hurditch at Amy's house, Handsworth.

Drumming up support: Rick Allen with Amy's mum Jayne Hurditch at Amy's house, Handsworth.

It costs around £75,000 a year to run, operates for five hours every Saturday and during some school holidays. Plans are to expand the Handsworth area facility from a school base to its own premises, to provide care seven-days-a-week for up to 21-year-olds.

Allen, originally from Dronfield, is known to fans as Thunder God and Black Knight. Like a knight in shining armour he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charities.

“It’s a pleasure to support the wonderful work of this facility that provides invaluable support to the children but also those close to them,” said the inspirational drummer, who famously overcame the loss of his left arm in a car crash 27-years ago.

Julie Pickering, volunteer fund raising co-ordinator for Amy’s House, said of the auction, organised with The Star: “This is an amazing chance of a lifetime for a fan and a guest to go backstage with Rick.

Drumming up support: Def Leppard rocker Rick Allen fundrauising for Amy's House respite centre for families ith special needs children in Sheffield.

Drumming up support: Def Leppard rocker Rick Allen fundrauising for Amy's House respite centre for families ith special needs children in Sheffield.

“There’s no minimum bid but the person bidding most money will get this unique experience.”

Amy’s House was launched in memory of Amy Hurditch, who died of meningitis just before her ninth birthday. Mum Jayne’s other daughter, Molly, 17, had special needs and inspired the facility, but she died earlier this year from an epileptic seizure.

n To make a bid for the backstage passes email staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk with Def Leppard Passes and the amount you want to bid in the subject line - so we can filter out the winner. In the message field include your full name, age, address, email, landline and mobile numbers, specifying again your final bid. All bids will be binding.

Please have the email owner’s permission and no time wasters please. Transport not included. The winning bidder must be able to attend the venue with a guest on the show day at 6pm, will be notified after deadline on Monday, December 12, 2011, 10am.