Celebrity mothers Melanie Chisholm, Alesha Dixon and Sinitta have donated their children's old baby clothes to raise money for a British heart charity. The stars have cleared out their tots' closets and handed over the items to bosses at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), who are raising funds for vital research into inherited heart conditions through an eBay.com auction.
The items, as well as two signed books by funnyman David Walliams, will go under the hammer in the sale, which runs from 22 May (14) until 1 June (14).
Former pop star Sinitta, who has two children, Magdalena and Zac, says, "As a mother, I can imagine how terrifying it would be to learn that your baby has an inherited heart condition so it's vital that everything is done to reduce the number of children and families affected by these conditions.
"I'm glad that the clothes which don't fit Magdalena and Zac any longer can help the BHF to fund life-saving research and hopefully these little donations can make a very big difference."
British TV stars Stacey Solomon, Abbey Clancy and Angela Griffin have also donated items to the cause.
Stars including Lily Allen, Chris Martin and Alesha Dixon have loaned their voices to a new musical campaign raising awareness of dementia in the U.K. Officials at Britain's Alzheimer's Society have launched a new drive called 'Dementia friends', urging Brits to sign up to free sessions which would provide them with the skills to deal with sufferers of the memory-stealing disease.
In a commercial to accompany the scheme, a dementia sufferer kicks off a rousing rendition of The Beatles' hit With A Little Help From My Friends. Allen and Martin appear in separate videos, providing back-up vocals.
The footage also includes a rousing chorus of singers, many of whom are celebrities, including the likes of Dixon, pop star Pixie Lott, actor Simon Pegg, Ray Winstone, and Sir Terry Pratchett, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007.
Funnyman David Walliams saved music mogul Simon Cowell from choking when the pair was filming TV hit Britain's Got Talent. The Little Britain star features alongside Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Alesha Dixon on the judging panel of the competition, and the eighth season of the U.K. show begins on Saturday (12Apr14).
Walliams has now revealed he leaped into action while filming the show to rescue Cowell as the record label boss began to choke on a snack in between takes.
Walliams tells British talk show host Alan Carr, "In the show I actually give Simon the Heimlich manoeuvre... He's always eating something whilst the contestants come on. It's normally orange pieces or mints and he choked on the mint and I actually saved his life and I do regret that!"
Holden adds, "He (Cowell) was seriously choking and David came up behind him and dry humped him! He did the Heimlich manoeuvre. It worked anyway!"
British pop star Alesha Dixon has become a first-time mum after giving birth to a baby daughter last week (ends04Oct13). The singer, who also acts as a judge on reality TV show Britain's Got Talent, welcomed baby Azura Sienna with her boyfriend, dancer Azuka Onony.
Dixon announced the happy news on her Twitter.com page on Monday (07Oct13) while celebrating her own birthday, writing, "Thank you for all of your lovely birthday messages! I've had the best present in the world... My baby girl Azura Sienna was born last week!!! I'm elated and over the moon."
British pop star Alesha Dixon is pregnant with her first child. The singer, who also serves as a judge on reality TV show Britain's Got Talent, will welcome the baby with her boyfriend, dancer Azuka Ononye, later this year (13).
Her representative says, "Alesha and Azuka are looking forward to this happy chapter in their lives and would request privacy to enjoy this happy and most important event."
Dixon began dating Ononye last year (12) after a long friendship. She was previously wed to British rapper MC Harvey, but the couple split in 2006 after he was caught having an affair with fellow singer Javine Hylton following just one year of marriage.
The Little Britain star began working with Cowell when they both appeared on the judging panel of U.K. TV show Britain's Got Talent, which wrapped up last month (May12).
Walliams has now begun writing his fifth children's book and reveals his most devious character was inspired by Cowell.
He says, "It's about a little girl who befriends a rat and this one has a really evil villain in it, so he's the one who wants to turn that rat into a burger.
"It's based on someone who was on Britain's Got Talent... and it's not (fellow judges) Amanda Holden or Alesha Dixon."
When asked whether his fictional bad guy could ever be as evil as Cowell, Walliams quipped, "I'd like to but it's hard to outstrip reality."
allet legend Darcey Bussell has signed up to replace British pop star Alesha Dixon on the judging panel of U.K. talent contest Strictly Come Dancing. Dixon was poached by Simon Cowell for his Britain's Got Talent series after three years on the popular BBC programme.
Carmen Electra will step in to cover British TV presenter/actress Amanda Holden on the judging panel of Britain's Got Talent this week (begs06Feb12). Holden is taking time off from the show following the traumatic birth of her second daughter last month (Jan12) and Electra will take her place - alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon - at the London round of auditions from Monday (06Feb12).
The Britain's Got Talent judge delivered Hollie Rose on Monday (23Jan12), but a complication left the new mum in a critical condition for three days.
Her representative confirmed the birth on Wednesday (25Jan12), when doctors finally pronounced Holden out of danger - and her celebrity pals have reached out to the star to give her their well-wishes as she recovers in hospital.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Cowell writes, "Congratulations, thrilled for Amanda Holden", while Morgan adds, "So happy for Amanda Holden & (husband) Chris on the birth of Hollie Rose."
Walliams reveals his fellow Britain's Got Talent judges - Cowell and Alesha Dixon - were terrified when they learned Holden had been taken ill following the birth.
He says, "It's fantastic news, we were all worried when we were doing the show after hearing she was in hospital. We heard she hasn't been well, but I don't know more than that."