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Bank worker Emma Faraday won £10,000 for children's charity Shine after her boss bet that she wouldn't dare kiss Gordon Brown.

Faraday was with a group of female colleagues on a table sponsored by their firm at a fundraising event. Before they left for the party, her boss promised to make the donation if one of them kissed Brown. Faraday made a beeline for the Prime Minister, explained the challenge and won the bet. But the Mail on Sunday reported that Shine was still waiting for its money because Faraday's boss wanted proof that the kiss actually happened before he coughed up.

Bruce Robinson, event organiser at Shine, said: "The man has said he is prepared to accept a written statement from us saying the kiss did happen, and we are getting that together now."

He added that he was confident the boss was not trying to get out of settling the bet.

Paul McCartney's soon-to-be ex-wife Heather Mills is to star in a series of adverts to promote vegetarianism for animal welfare charity Viva!

The ads are designed to point the finger at meat eaters for fuelling global warming. Gossip website HolyMoly reported that in one the strapline was "Hey meaty, you're making me so hot!" In a second ad, Mills, who had a leg amputated after an accident, appeared above the strapline "You haven't got a leg to stand on".

It appears that the average age of volunteers ready to strip off to raise money for good causes is rising. According to The Daily Telegraph, a woman of 102 has stripped off for a nude calendar in aid of her local football club, Ancaster Athletic in Lincolnshire. Nora Hardwick, born in 1905, posed as Miss November behind the bar of the Ermine Way pub in the village for a calendar to raise funds for the local team.


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