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Signed Brian May Guitar Up for Auction for Pop 4 Diabetes

Brian May and Anita Dobson have donated a signed BMG Red Special guitar to local charity Pop 4 Diabetes. All to raise money and awareness for World Diabetes Day…

Brian May is famous for playing lead guitar in the infamous stadium rock band Queen. Founded in 1970 and fronted by Freddie Mercury, Queen wrote many hit classics. These include We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, We Are The Champions, plus many others.

50 years on, May has donated this signed, ‘one-of-a-kind’ BMG Red Special guitar to Pop 4 Diabetes, for auction. In the hope that it will help them continue transforming lives and funding life-changing research.

He famously built the original Red Special guitar back in the 1960s as a teenager with his father. It was with this guitar that he went on to record Queen’s Number One albums.

To this day, May plays a restored version of his unique setup. The guitar up for auction is an exact replica of this very model.


Iris Board founded Poole-based charity Pop 4 Diabetes after her son Shane’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. They provide a crucial lifeline to families who need support due to distress caused by diabetes. Including mother of three diabetic children Clare. She commented:

“Pop 4 Diabetes has given me access to the most wonderful community of people to talk to and share experiences with… This is the most wonderful support charity. I cannot thank them enough for being a part of our lives”.

Two Bournemouth-based, independent businesses – Absolute Music and United Taxis – are supporting this fundraiser. May’s replica of the BMG Red Special is on auction and looking for the highest bidder. Guitar expert Richard Malpass of Absolute Music mentioned:

“Brian May is an inspirational guitarist who many of us have grown up listening to. It is a pleasure for Absolute Music to support the campaign”.

Guitar expert Rich Malpass of Absolute Music (left) with Shane Board of Pop 4 Diabetes.


Pop 4 Diabetes hope to use this opportunity to continue finding much needed testing to find a cure. They cancelled their main annual fundraiser ball this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shane Board, the charity’s director, stated:

Pop 4 Diabetes' Shane Board (right), pictured with Anita Dobson
Pop 4 Diabetes’ Shane Board (right), pictured with Anita Dobson.

“We are so lucky to be supported by such wonderful people. The lovely Anita Dobson and Brian May offered the guitar to help us raise funds. It is a hard year for most. including charities trying to fundraise.

“The guitar is amazing and to be signed by such a legend — we are over the moon. The auction is looking for Brian May and Queen fans. A musician who appreciates a great guitar, and someone who wants to help fund vital research for diabetes. The guitar is the ideal Christmas gift or a personal treat added to a collection of memorabilia.”

Shane earned himself the ITV Meridians Child of Courage through his dedication to the charity. He also received a British Citizen Award and proudly became an ambassador for achieving this accreditation.

Pop 4 Diabetes hopes for a huge success with the auction to raise funds for their vital charity work. Anyone interested has only small window in which to make their bid. The auction is only live until 23rd November 2020.

For more information on the fundraiser and to place a bid, visit the website or email the charity here. You can also access more local charity stories, click here. Plus, you can follow HQB Media on all our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Scott Boeser
Scott Boeser
Scott is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from Southampton. He joins HQB Media with a passion for the creative industries and a personal interest in music. In addition, he has a self-professed love of nature and the outdoors, a passion that drives interests in ecology and the environmental debate. Through journalism, Scott hopes to broaden his understanding of the world around him, whilst giving his readers an insight into the things he encounters.

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