Stars Dig Deep for Christian Aid Week


Stars Dig Deep For
Christian Aid Week



When: 14 – 19 May 2012 from 10am – 7pm daily (6pm on Thursday)
Where: 63 Broadwick Street, Soho, London. W1F 9QL
What: Pop-up shop opens as stars turn their creative talents to gardening tools to raise funds for Christian Aid Week

David Shrigley’s wellies and Alan Titchmarsh’s pruners will be among the one-off items on show and available to buy at a special pop-up shop in Soho from 14 – 19 May as part of this year’s Christian Aid Week. A host of famous names, including TOWIE’s Lydia and model, Tali Lennox, have customized gardening tools to help raise vital funds to ‘give the tools to help people in poverty out of poverty’ in countries such as Sierra Leone. The shop will be open throughout the week to the public, who can bid for the tools at

The one-off celebrity items that will be up for auction include: 

Model, Tali Lennox’s watering can

Fashion designer, Katharine Hamnett’s wellies

Artist, David Shrigley’s wellies

Actress, Jill Halfpenny’s trowel

Garden designer, Rachel de Thame’s dibber

Rapper, Professor Green’s wire brush

Designer of the Year, Lee Broom’s wheelbarrow

Comedian, Andi Osho’s strawberry pot

Made in Chelsea star, Oliver Proudlock’s trowel

Singer, Lemar’s watering can

Actor, Kris Marshall’s mini gardening set

Garden designer, Alan Titchmarsh’s pruners

TOWIE star, Lydia Bright’s mini watering can

Actress, Donna Air’s broom

R&B star, Mr Hudson’s paint brush

Designer, Gary Card’s buckets

Model, Suki Waterhouse’s brush

Actress, Kara Tointon’s herb pots

Garden designer, Charlie Dimmock’s tool

Singer, VV Brown’s paint brush

Money raised during Christian Aid week will be used to support poor communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This year, the money will go even further as the first £5million donated to Christian Aid Week will be matched by the Government pound for pound, enabling the charity to help more people in poor communities around the world work their way out of poverty.

One of the stars involved is young British model, Tali Lennox. Daughter of singer and humanitarian, Annie Lennox, Tali is no stranger to charity work.  She recently travelled to Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries where around half the population depend on agriculture, as a Christian Aid Week ambassador. There, Tali visited communities that have already benefited from Christian Aid funds and heard howwar torn communities, who faced a daily battle against malnutrition after the multinational food companies fled during the war, were left with no tools or equipment to farm.

Tali said: ‘This was the first time I got to see how small changes can transform lives in such a big way. People are being provided with the kinds of things we in the UK would take for granted. The country has so much potential. They just need the right tools, and that’s where the donations have been so vital.’

To donate to Christian Aid, give online at, call 08080 006 006 or text ‘GIVE’ to 78866 to give £5.

Christian Aid would like to thank Shaftsbury Estate for the kind donation of the shop, Hunter for donating the boots decorated by Katharine Hamnett and David Shrigley, and eBay for support withthe special auction.

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