Start at the bottom: The charitable side of ... Nell McAndrew

Graham Willgoss

The glamour model is not just a pretty face - she does good deeds too.

The British glamour model Nell McAndrew has long been the unofficial charity for single men everywhere, adorning bedroom walls and locker doors in various states of undress ever since she found fame as a tabloid pin-up in the mid-1990s.

But in between being one of the 'real-life' versions of computer game babe Lara Croft (alongside Angelina Jolie), posing nude for Playboy and releasing countless fitness videos, McAndrew has found other ways to put herself to good use. Her rise to fame has been impressive, you might think, but equally eye-catching is the amount that McAndrew has raised for charity.

Her appearance in I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! raised £50,000 for Cancer Research UK. Add to this the money she has raised through competing in pretty much every charity run and marathon going, and the total stands at £150,000 in the past three years.

"I have been asked to help out with many different charities, and I try to do as much as I can, not only to help raise the profile of the charity but to raise as much as possible," explains McAndrew on her website.

"Rather than spreading myself too thinly, I do have my favourite charities and always try to make time for them."

McAndrew's chosen few feature alongside her 'charity of the month' in a dedicated section on the site. It includes a run-down on each charity, her involvement with it and links to their sites.

This month, Ataxia UK joins regulars CRUK, the Lymphoma Association, DebRA, NCH, SSAFA Forces Help, for which McAndrew is a patron, and Help The Aged, for which she is an ambassador.

Next stop for McAndrew is the Great North Run, which she is doing in aid of NCH and CRUK in September.

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