Fundraising: Non-event brings in cash for clubs

It feels like there's no escaping him, but James Blunt is one of a glittering line-up of celebrities who did not turn up for Clubs for Young People's non-event, which was not held on April Fools' Day to raise cash for youth clubs.

Blunt put in a no-show for the 'glamorous' occasion, along with such other notables as Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, Michael Palin and Edwina Currie. But they did all donate to Clubs for Young People's Do Somethin' campaign from the money they would have spent on stretch limos and designer gear.

Not everyone got the joke, however. "Some celebs did not understand the concept, but we can't say who they were," said Clare Skinner, head of non-events at Clubs for Young People. "We're protecting them."

The charity would not reveal how much the non-event has raised, but maintained that it was happy with the response. "We'll definitely have more non-events in the future," said Skinner.

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