Friday, 8 January 2010

Heather donates clothes to raise money for Barnardo's

Heather helped one of her favorite charities "Barnardo's" by donating some items of her wardrobe to be sold in a special shop for the Charity.

By Lorraine Connolly, Community Newswire

08 Jan 2010 - 15:09
Dame Shirley Bassey fans have a last chance to become the owner of a pair of the singing sensation's shoes and help vulnerable children at the same time.

The singer's donation to national children's charity Barnardo's has kicked off a bidding war among fans keen to secure the size six diamante-encrusted Yves Saint Laurent high heels.

With only a week to go until the silent auction closes next Friday, fans are being encouraged to make their final bids as quickly as possible.

Also for sale by silent auction and soon-to-be snapped up is a stunning outfit worn by Joan Collins' alter ego Alexis in the 80s soap opera smash Dynasty.

Gerard Cousins, director of retail and trading for Barnardo's, said: "This is a chance of a lifetime for someone to own a pair of designer shoes owned by one of the biggest singing sensations we have ever known.

"And some lucky person is also set to become the owner of a unique outfit worn by acting legend Joan Collins.

"The people who win these items will also know that their generous bid has helped to support disadvantaged children across the UK."

Dame Shirley and Joan Collins were among an array of stars and fashion icons who trawled through their wardrobes and donated glamorous outfits to support Barnardo's in the run up to Christmas. Other donations came from comedian Julian Clary, singers Alesha Dixon and Rachel Stevens, electro-pop ban La Roux, model Laura Bailey, 80s pop stars Lisa Stansfield and Carol Decker and M-People singer Heather Small.

The clothes and accessories flew off the shelves at the Barnardo's pop-up store in Carnaby Street and so far have raised £15,000.

All money raised from the silent auction and the Carnaby Street pop-up shop goes towards Barnardo's vital work in turning around the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. This includes work with children affected by today's most urgent issues: poverty, homelessness, disability, bereavement and abuse.

Bids for Dame Shirley's shoes and Joan's Dynasty outfit are being accepted via until January 15.

Barnardo's works with more than 100,000 children, young people and their families in 415 specialised projects in local communities across the UK. For more information go to"

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