The charitable side of ... Posh'n'Becks

Graham Willgoss

Despite their hectic lifestyle, the Beckhams manage to fit in some fundraising for children's charities.

In between fuelling the tabloid rumour mill, suing the News of the World for libel, raising three children and being adored by millions while living in a goldfish bowl, the Beckhams also find the time to do the odd bit of work for charity.

They founded the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust in 2002, although the exact nature of its work is shrouded in secrecy. "I've spoken to the press before and been misinterpreted," the foundation's spokesman told Third Sector. "All I can say is that the work we do is specific to children."

It seems the pair have a soft spot for children's charities. They have been patrons of the Meningitis Research Foundation since 1999 after Posh became concerned about the risk of their eldest son, Brooklyn, contracting the disease when he was born. Guests at their wedding in the same year were given the choice between buying wedding gifts or making a donation to the foundation. To celebrate David almost single-handedly hauling his country to the 2002 World Cup, the couple threw a garden party and auctioned off items from Beckingham Palace, raising £400,000 for the NSPCC.

Since being grilled by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's alter-ego Ali G in an interview for Comic Relief in 2001, the couple have confined themselves to solo charity appearances.

While David is a fixture as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef, Victoria has starred in an advert shown on Chinese TV for the Shanghai Charity Foundation, urging viewers to show more care for children with leukaemia.

She has also appeared wearing nothing but high-heeled shoes and jewellery in a book entitled Four Inches to raise money for the Elton John Aids Foundation.

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