Stars help charity's fundraising effort

TWO Suffolk star spotters keen to raise a massive £1million for charity have enlisted the help of around 600 celebrity friends to make their quest come true.

TWO Suffolk star spotters keen to raise a massive £1million for charity have enlisted the help of around 600 celebrity friends to make their quest come true.

And the duo, from Bury St Edmunds, are appealing for public support to help them transform what once was a hobby into a charity goldmine.

For 27-year-old Simon Fuller and Paul Revens, 26, have pledged to raise over £1million for Cancer Research UK after personal experiences of the illness - and say they will not stop until they reach their goal.

And the pair, who have been collecting autographs for around two years as a hobby, now hope the 600 items they have accumulated can help them on their way, raising much-needed cash during an online celebrity auction.


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Items going under the virtual hammer on May 4 include a pair of TV chef Nigella Lawson's designer shoes, Essex boy Jamie Oliver's oven gloves and Chinese cook supreme Ken Hom's chef's hat.

Scripts from hit comedy series The Office and top ITV soap opera Coronation Street, are also expected to attract fierce bidding as fans fight for a slice of limited edition memorabilia.

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Autographs from Bedford athlete Paula Radcliffe, Brummie comedian Frank Skinner and Anthony Worrall Thompson, who is currently slumming it in the Australian rainforest in ITV series I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

And the glasses which helped Irish crooner and ex-boy band singer Ronan Keating to a Spectacle Wearer of the Year title will also be up for grabs.

"I've always wanted to do something for charity, to help out in some way or to raise money," said Paul.

"I've seen a few people go through the horrors and ordeals of cancer, and their bravery really inspired me. After seeing how they dealt with the disease and kept battling, raising money for this great charity is the least I can do."

Around ten items each week will be added to the auction, giving possible buyers the chance to view their favourite item before placing a bid.

And the determined duo have pledged the selling will continue - and plan to add around 10 new items to the auction every week until they reach their £1million target.

"Cancer has always been something I have been aware of, having had close family members suffer with it," said Simon. "Consequently, there was only one choice for me when thinking of a charity to help.

"It seemed a good idea to raise some money for Cancer Research UK, as I feel that cancer is a disease that seems to affect so many people, sometimes with devastating effect.

"I feel that there should be a lot more money made available for the research into a cure for this disease.

"One in three people could at sometime in their lives be affected with it, which is the big reason why I want to raise money for Cancer Research UK."

Nicki Stapleton, community fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, welcomed the fundraising effort.

"Cancer Research UK is working hard to find treatments, causes and ultimately a cure for cancer," she said.

"Our work is almost entirely funded by voluntary donations, so we are extremely grateful to Simon and Paul as well as all the celebrities who are supporting this brilliant venture."

For details of how to bid, or to view the items up for sale, go to www.celebritystuff.org

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