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Stars dig deep for Christian Aid Week

May 14 2012 - David Shrigley, Tali Lennox, Alan Titchmarsh and TOWIE’s Lydia Bright are among a host of famous names who have used their creative talents to support this year’s Christian Aid Week. Over 15 stars have customised gardening tools, which will be displayed in a Soho pop-up shop from 14 – 19 May and auctioned at www.ebay.co.uk/christianaid.

The theme of the fundraising week is ‘give the tools to help people in poverty out of poverty’, and Christian Aid is hoping the celebrity decorated tools will raise vital funds for its work in countries such as Sierra Leone. The shop at 63 Broadwick Street, adjacent to Carnaby Street, will be open from 10 – 7pm daily to give the public a chance to view these unique items, which range from watering cans and gardening gloves to wellies and herb pots.

The one-off celebrity items that will be up for auction include:

Model, Tali Lennox’s watering can 
Fashion designer, Katharine Hamnett’s wellies
Artist, David Shrigley’s wellies 
Actress, Jill Halfpenny’s trowel
Garden designer, Rachel de Thame’s dibber 
Rapper, Professor Green’s wire brush
Designer of the Year, Lee Broom’s wheelbarrow 
Comedian, Andi Osho’s strawberry pot
Made in Chelsea star, Oliver Proudlock’s trowel Singer
Lemar’s watering can
Actor, Kris Marshall’s mini gardening set 
Garden designer, Alan Titchmarsh’s pruners
TOWIE star, Lydia Bright’s mini watering can 
Actress, Donna Air’s broom
Garden designer, Charlie Dimmock’s tool Boy band,
Lawson’s flower pots
Model, Suki Waterhouse’s brush 
Actress, Kara Tointon’s herb pots
Singer, VV Brown’s paint brush

One of the stars involved is young British model, Tali Lennox. Daughter of singer and humanitarian, Annie Lennox, Tali is no stranger to charity work.  She recently travelled to Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries where around half the population depend on agriculture, as a Christian Aid Week ambassador. There, Tali visited communities that have already benefited from Christian Aid funds and heard how war torn communities, who faced a daily battle against malnutrition after the multinational food companies fled during the war, were left with no tools or equipment to farm.

Tali said: ‘This was the first time I got to see how small changes can transform lives in such a big way. People are being provided with the kinds of things we in the UK would take for granted. The country has so much potential. They just need the right tools, and that’s where the donations have been so vital.’

This year there is an even greater focus on fundraising as the first £5million donated to Christian Aid Week 2012 will be matched by the Government pound for pound, allowing the charity to help more people in poor communities around the world work their way out of poverty.

Karen Lobo-Morell, Christian Aid, said: ‘It’s fantastic to have so many stars using their creative talents to support Christian Aid Week. Buying a watering can decorated by Lemar or a pair of wellies customised by Katherine Hamnett will mean people can not only own a great one-off, but will be helping poor communities around the world. Millions of people rely on subsistence agriculture to feed their families and they just want to be given the tools to work their way out of poverty. We want as many people as possible to come down to the shop and check out what our stars have created.’

To donate to Christian Aid Week, give online at www.caweek.org, call 08080 006 006 or text ‘GIVE’ to 78866 to give £5.

Christian Aid would like to thank Shaftsbury Estate for the kind donation of the shop, Hunter for donating the boots decorated by Katharine Hamnett and David Shrigley, Next Model Management and eBay for support with the special auction.


If you would like further information please contact Harriet Fitzgerald on harriet.fitzgerald@kindredagency.com, 020 7010 828 or 07866 922 350.

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries across, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk

6. Tali Lennox is one of the UK’s fastest rising young models having shot campaigns for Burberry and Top Shop, and modelled for Prada, Chanel and Miu Miu. The 19 year-old has just been chosen by Karen Millen to be the face of her spring 2012 campaign. Her mother Annie is known as a leading campaigner on HIV and women’s rights and formed a collective of female charity activists, The Circle in 2008. Tali is signed to Next Model Management worldwide.