21 November 2013
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Victoria and David Beckham have donated boxes of their clothes to support the British Red Cross Shop Drop for the Philippines, which is raising money for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Dozens of pieces from the couple’s wardrobe will go on sale this Friday (22 November) at the British Red Cross shop in Kensington & Chelsea, which specialises in designer clothing, with the money raised going to help those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.
Victoria and David Beckham’s donations will go on sale at the Kensington & Chelsea Red Cross shop, 69-71 Old Church St, London SW3 5BS on Friday 22 November with extended opening hours from 11am to 8pm.
The Beckhams are now urging the British public to join them and put their unwanted clothes and other items to good use.
Victoria Beckham said “Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, the British Red Cross is now carrying out an enormous humanitarian relief project to help all those people in desperate need. David and I are supporting the Red Cross Shop Drop for the Philippines campaign and we urge everyone in Britain to do the same. Everyone has something in their closet they were holding onto, a dress, suit, or pair of shoes they thought they might wear again, dig them out, bag them up, drop them off and give someone else the chance to buy them, raising much needed funds for the Red Cross aid effort. Thank you.”
The collection includes dresses, tops, suits and shoes from labels including Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, and Roberto Cavalli.
British Red Cross Director of Fundraising, Mark Astarita, said: “We are delighted to have Victoria and David’s support for the British Red Cross ‘Shop Drop for Philippines’. Their generous donation will enable us to raise significant funds towards the enormous humanitarian operation currently underway: providing survivors of Typhoon Haiyan with urgent shelter, medical equipment, food and clean water. We know people desperately want to help, but many just don’t have the money to give. ‘Shop Drop for the Philippines’ offers everyone an opportunity to make a difference, either by donating items or by shopping in one of our 330 shops across the UK.”
The British Red Cross is the only charity in the UK where clothes and other goods can be donated in our stores and sold to directly help those hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Red Cross shops are accepting good quality clothing, accessories, household items, furniture and books which will be converted into cash to help people in dire need in the Philippines. Just one small bag of items can buy an emergency hygiene parcel containing everyday essentials, such as toothpaste and soap, which will provide for a family of five for a month. A larger bag, such as a bin liner full could buy four jerry cans to collect and store clean water.
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Friday 8 November 2013. More than 13 million people have been affected and more than 4 million people have been displaced with many living in evacuation centres or makeshift shelters. The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has already given food to 12,000 households affected by the typhoon, which destroyed more than half a million homes, and is providing other supplies like tarpaulins and clean water.
The Red Cross has also sent aid workers with expertise in healthcare and emergency shelter, and is helping thousands of people search for missing loved ones.
People who would like to support ‘Shop Drop for the Philippines’ can drop off their goods at their nearest Red Cross shop, and say would like them to be sold for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Their donations will then be specially labelled for shoppers to buy in store to help raise vital funds for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
For more information visit www.redcross.org.uk/shopdrop If you have any queries relating to Shop Drop for the Philippines email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
Victoria and David Beckham are not available for interview.
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