Cancer Research UK, the UK’s largest charity and brands-for-less retailers TK Maxx and HomeSense have teamed up with online auction site eBay for a chance to bid for a piece of celebrity fashion history.
A whole host of celebrities have parted with their prized possessions including Sharon Osbourne, Duffy, David Walliams, Tyra Banks, Nicky Hilton, Rupert Grint, Leighton Meester and the Duchess of York. It is all in aid of Give Up Clothes For Good – a campaign to help raise valuable funds for life-saving research into childhood cancers.
The celebrity fashion items being auctioned include designer handbags, coats, dresses, signed trainers and t-shirts such as Sharon Osbourne’s Burberry coat, David Walliams’ Tom Ford suit and the Duchess of York’s Issa dress. The auction will go live for a week on Thursday 25th March at 9am – closing on Thursday 1st April at 3pm at www.tkmaxx.com/ebay.
Sharon Osbourne, international celebrity and judge of America’s Got Talent says: “I’ve donated my favourite Burberry coat for the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign. I know that donating it will help to raise money for an amazing cause – beating childhood cancer. I really hope the general public gets behind this campaign as it’s such a simple thing to do. It won’t cost them a thing, they’ll be clutter-free and helping raise money for a good cause at the same time.”
David Walliams, comedian and star of Little Britain says: “I’ve donated my favourite Tom Ford suit to the campaign. It’s dark grey and I’ve looked outrageously smart in it in the past. While I would have loved to keep it, I know it will be raising money for an important cause. Cancer is such a horrible disease at any age, let alone when you’re a child, so we need to do everything we can to help fund more research. Please take part in this campaign and help save more lives.”
Launched in 2004, the bi-annual campaign Give Up Clothes for Good is not only for celebrity donations but organisers are urging the general public to rummage through their wardrobes and cupboards to join the fundraising by dropping in unwanted quality clothing and households goods to any TK Maxx or HomeSense store between 5th-25th April. The campaign in 2008 raised £3.2 million to help beat childhood cancer and this year aims to raise over £6 million for groundbreaking research.
Special free donation bags will be available in TK Maxx and HomeSense stores at the end March however all bags are welcome from bin bags to supersize carrier bags. Each filled bag could be worth up to £30. For details on how to get involved check out the TK Maxx website www.tkmaxx.com/ebay
Featured auction items include:
Sharon Osbourne – Burberry coat
Jenson Button – Signed t-shirt
Duffy – Dress worn at Lollapalooza Festival, Chicago
David Walliams -Tom Ford designer suit, including waistcoat
Nicky Hilton – Dress worn at her New York fashion week debut
Rupert Grint – Signed black t-shirt and converse all star trainers worn at his Hollywood walk of fame induction
Tyra Banks – Purple Katherine Malandrino dress
Leighton Meester – Dress worn at the 500 Days of Summer premiere
Nancy Dell’Olio – Black Donna Karan trench coat (plus other designer items)
Miquita Oliver – Balenciaga dress worn at T4 On the Beach
Duchess of York – Issa London electric blue smock dress (plus other designer items)
Lucy Davis – Dina Bar-el floor length evening dress worn at the LA Awards ceremony
Lorraine Kelly – Matthew Williamson purple sequin cardigan and matching pencil skirt
Kara Tointon – Dress worn at the Television and Radio Industries Club Ceremony 2008
Barbara Hulanicki – Coccinelle handbag
Nicky Clarke – Black leather shit by June Goh
Michelle Gayle – Dress worn on Reborn in USA final