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Beckhams back Haiyan charity drive

Victoria Beckham has urged others to help support victims of Typhoon Haiyan as she and husband David donated designer clothes to a charity shop.

The collection includes shoes by Jimmy Choo and suits by Dolce and Gabbana, alongside tops, suits, trainers and dresses from the Spice Girl turned fashion designer and her footballer husband.

It will go on sale at the British Red Cross charity shop in Chelsea from 11am tomorrow (November 22).

Victoria said: "David and I are supporting the Red Cross Shop Drop for the Philippines campaign and we urge everyone in Britain to do the same.

"Everyone has something in their closet they were holding onto, a dress, suit, or pair of shoes they thought they might wear again. Dig them out, bag them up, drop them off and give someone else the chance to buy them, raising much needed funds for the Red Cross aid effort. "

Shop assistant manager Fiona Liu said the Beckhams were packing 20 boxes of "almost new clothes" - but warned that Victoria's clothes might be too small for most people to wear.

David and Victoria's D&G suits will go on the rails for £600 and £800 respectively, and more if they turn out to be especially rare items.

The clothes will be displayed alongside the shop's other stock, with labels marking them as gifts from the Beckhams.

The shop, at 69-71 Old Church Street in Chelsea, specialises in designer labels donated to the British Red Cross and is extending its opening hours until 8pm.

In 2010 Victoria made another donation from her wardrobe to the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign, which raised close to £7,000, while in June, David donated his earnings from playing for Paris Saint-Germain to a pair of local children's charities.

Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have already given food to 12,000 households affected by the typhoon and is providing other supplies such as tarpaulins and clean water.

Mark Astarita, director of fundraising for the British Red Cross, said: "We are delighted to have Victoria and David's support for the British Red Cross Shop Drop for Philippines. Their generous donation will enable us to raise significant funds towards the enormous humanitarian operation currently under way.

"We know people desperately want to help, but many just don't have the money to give."

Customers at British Red Cross shops can specifically request their donations be used to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan as part of the charity's Shop Drop for the Philippines campaign.

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