Celebrities donate togs for CRUK leap year auction

Some of the world's biggest movie and music icons are backing a one-off Cancer Research UK campaign, on 2008's extra day, by donating their clothes for auction.

Stars such as Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and the Beckhams have handed over their old glad-rags to friend and celebrity stylist James Brown so they can be auctioned in the run-up to the Make Today Count campaign on 29 February.

More than a quarter of a million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, and the auction, running online from today until midnight on Friday, will fund research into the causes and treatments of the disease.

Internet bidders can choose from 13 exclusive designs. James Brown will personally auction garments from Sienna Miller, Coleen McLoughlin and Princess Beatrice at the Cancer Research UK shop on London’s Marylebone High Street on Friday.

“I know first hand the devastating effect cancer can have, so I jumped at the chance to do something to help,” said Brown. “If we all do something on 29 February, no matter how small, we can all help to make a big difference to Cancer Research UK.”

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