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Screen legends clean out their cupboards to boost water appeal

5 February 2015

Two woman stand behind a till and another woman holds a book

Sheila Hancock and Victoria Wood have made unique donations to the British Red Cross Clean Start Appeal, which is raising money to bring safer water to people in Kenya and Bangladesh.

Stock sold at Red Cross shops across the UK – including items donated by the actresses – will raise money for the appeal.

Sheila Hancock dropped in to her shop in Hammersmith with a suitcase full of books. The donation included signed copies of her first novel, Miss Carter’s War, and The Two of Us – her poignant autobiography describing life with her late husband John Thaw.

She said: “It is so easy for us to take clean water for granted. When you think of the suffering a lack of it causes, this is a really great way of tackling it.”

Victoria Wood visited her local Red Cross shop in Palmer’s Green to donate items including a framed picture of legendary singer Nat King Cole.

“Most people in this country have too much stuff – it’s very cleansing to get rid of things and pass them on to other people,” she said.

We are aiming to raise at least £5million and bring clean water and safe sanitation to 380,000 people in Kenya and Bangladesh.

The UK government is matching public donations given before 3 April, including sales of goods donated to our shops*. An average bag of donated stock is worth £25, which would be doubled to £50.

More than 3.5 million people die needlessly each year from diseases such as dysentery, cholera and typhoid, due to shortages of safe drinking water, inadequate toilets and poor hygiene. In Kenya and Bangladesh, 37 million people are living without access to clean water.

*For full terms and condititions visit our Clean Start webpages