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Bloom's mother holds charity sale

Orlando Bloom
A wetsuit and sports equipment belonging to Orlando Bloom will be sold

The mother of actor Orlando Bloom plans to clear out some of his possessions so she can raise money for charity.

Sonia Copeland-Bloom said she decided to sell items because they were taking up too much room in her Kent home.

She wants to raise funds for the £25.6m redevelopment of the Marlowe Theatre and a number of other charities.

Items that are going up for grabs include a wetsuit Bloom used while filming the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand and movie memorabilia.

Sports equipment that he used while he was growing up in Canterbury and shoes he used on the set of the film Kingdom of Heaven will also be sold.

Filming with hobbits

Ms Copeland-Bloom said: "We've got a wetsuit that he wore when he was filming with the hobbits.

"This was off-screen, I must say. He was very keen on surfing in New Zealand. You can see that they've still got the sea and the sand on those."

Sonia Copeland-Bloom
Sonia Copeland-Bloom wants to raise money for good causes

She added: "I visited the set in Wellington, New Zealand, several times. It was wonderful always when I went on there.

"I was given this [signed Lord of the Rings] poster and however much I treasure it I think if it could make some money for some of the charities I support it would be a good thing."

Bloom appeared at the Marlowe Theatre early in his acting career and is now one of its patrons.

In March its owners were given permission to build a 1,200-seat auditorium and a second 150-seat performance space will be built on the current site.



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