The news follows earlier allegations of a dalliance between Fiennes and an air hostess on a flight to India, where he was due to promote safe sex on behalf of the agency.
In the earlier 'kiss and tell' tabloid story, the air hostess claimed some of the actor's sexual practices were less than safe. An unnamed source at Unicef's "sandal-trodden corridors" said: "It's hardly the image we want to convey." But a Unicef spokesman responded: "There has been no change in Fiennes' role. He's a long-standing supporter of Unicef."
Further strains to the charity-celebrity relationship involved former England football captain David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, who could soon be £1m poorer if millionaire business tycoon David West gets his way. Contactmusic.com reported that West was suing the Beckhams after he bid £103,000 in an NSPCC auction for an invitation to a fundraising event held by them last year.
West claimed that Beckham aides branded him "unsavoury" and banned him in advance from mixing with celebrity guests at the party. He responded by turning down the invitation and urging the couple to match his donation, which he claimed they declined to do.
A former volunteer at a Sense charity shop in the Scottish town of Peebles "led a seedy double life trawling the internet for kinky sex", the Daily Record reported. The woman, aka Mistress Kitten, posted photos of herself in suspenders and lingerie on the net.
"I don't see what this has to do with my charity work," she told the paper. "It's just a social thing." A spokeswoman for the shop said: "We were very pleased with her work, but she's no longer with us."