KISS guitarist Paul Stanley has donated a signed guitar to Manchester's Children's Hospital in aid of those injured by the Manchester Arena attack.
The band were scheduled to play the venue on 30th May, but were forced to cancel their show following the terrorist attack on 22nd May this year, which left 22 dead and dozens injured, many of them children.
The Ibanez PS120 guitar is the one that Paul Stanley was intending to use for the show, and the hospital will now auction it off - along with VIP tickets to a KISS gig anywhere in the world - to raise funds for its paediatric intensive care unit.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Stanley said:
“We were devastated by the heinous attack in Manchester Arena and had to do something to support the city.
“Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s incredible work with children was never more evident than after this horrific event.
“We are humbled to be able to give something to support them in their ongoing efforts. Knowing that the money raised will go towards purchasing life-support ventilators, our prayers and wishes will continue to help both those affected directly by the attack, and beyond. This night will give everyone an opportunity to do their part in raising as much money as possible for an incredibly worthy cause.”
Maurice Watkins, chairman of the hospital’s fundraising board, added: “We’re delighted that Kiss has donated this incredible prize to be auctioned at the RSP charity ball and want to thank them for their tremendous generosity. In recent testing times staff at the hospital – just like the city of Manchester – pulled together to make sure the young victims from the attack got the best possible care, as quickly as possible.
“The new ventilators we are fundraising for will ensure that the medical teams in our paediatric intensive care unit can assess a patient’s condition faster and more accurately, resulting in more effective treatment and care at a time when rapid reaction to a patient’s condition is crucial.”
The never-before-played instrument will go under the hammer at the Red Sea Pedestrians 10th Anniversary Charity Ball on March 17, 2018 at the city's Lowry Hotel.
“This night will give everyone an opportunity to do their part in raising as much money as possible for an incredibly worthy cause," concludes Stanley.