FUNDRAISING NEWS: Celebrities donate old socks to help homeless people

Two homelessness charities will raise money from the sale of celebrities' old socks at an auction in a west London nightclub.

Among those who have agreed to donate their socks for the Socks and The City event are members of The Rolling Stones, Jeremy Paxman, Joanna Lumley and U2. The auction will take place at Cherry Jam on 29 October, and all funds raised will be donated to Centrepoint and Holy Cross.

"Obviously it's quite difficult to put a price on celebrity socks, but we're hoping to raise in the region of £5,000 through the event,

said Maggie Goodall, fundraising events officer at Centrepoint. "The night will also be a great opportunity to access a new audience and we feel that as a homelessness youth charity there is a good synergy between our organisation and the London club scene."

Cherry Jam is promoting the event through a dedicated web site where visitors can request a pair of celebrity socks. It will also run an online auction to sell off any socks left over from the night.

Ben Watts, the co-owner of Cherry Jam, approached the charity with the suggestion after running a charity auction of celebrity trainers at a venue in Notting Hill.

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