PC accessory specialist Cherry is auctioning off five one-off Pudsey keyboards for Children in Need in November.
Cherry has offered similar special edition Pudsey keyboards in previous years, but for 2014 it has partnered with Devlin Electronics to allow each auction winner to personalise their Pudsey keyboard with a message of their choice laser etched onto the casing.
There are five G83-6105 USB keyboards up for grabs – this is one of Cherry’s more popular models, of which it has made 35 million units to date.
The five auctions are now running on eBay until November 14th – the day Children in Need will be televised. Customers will receive their keyboard within two weeks from the auction ending.
You can bid on the five keyboards here – bidding starts at £20 for each:
Cherry has also promised that the etched messaging will never wear off.
"The reason we’re doing this is quite simple," Cherry’s marketing and technical support exec Robin Bithrey told PCR. "The best way to raise money is to produce something that’s a little different to the norm – the Pudsey keyboard was an idea we came up with a few years ago and this seemed to capture the imagination of bidders on eBay, so we repeated it 3 times, all with different keyboard models.
"With Devlin physically printing each keyboard to the specification required, and us supplying a high quality keyboard as a canvas, it’s a perfect match to make something a little ‘off the wall’ and hopefully will raise as much money as possible for a worthy cause. Children in Need assists disadvantaged children and young people in the UK – it’s something we’re very keen to show our support for."