A celebrity clothes auction raised more than £10,000 for Liverpool Alder Hey Hospital's Imagine appeal.

 

‘The Clothes Throw’ is the brainchild of Helen Ainscough, 42, owner of the Racquet Club Hotel and Restaurant, and two of her friends.

 

Helen’s daughter, two-year-old Molly Crutchley, was diagnosed with meningitis at Alder Hey when she was 10 months' old.  It inspired her to launch this event which helps youngsters in need, so she appealed to friends, Alex Wainwright from Boodles jewellers, and Tina O’Hare for their help.

 

The first clothes throw in September 2009 and was such a success they decided to repeat it.

 

Ainscough said: “I think sometimes we don’t realise how lucky we are to have them here, as a centre of excellence.  

 

"Until I went to Alder Hey I had no comprehension of the amazing work that goes on there and how sad it is. I totally admire the people that work there, we were so lucky that Molly recovered.”

 

Items auctioned included pieces donated by Coleen Rooney, Dame Judi Dench, Shirley Bassey and Sienna Miller.  One piece of particular note was a pair of sunglasses signed by Yoko Ono.

 

Sheree Murphy, the former Emmerdale actress and wife of footballer Harry Kewell, donated a designer yellow sundress.  

 

Murphy said: “It’s a fantastic cause, and it’s great because I love shopping and I love clothes.  There are so many different charity events you get invited to but I think with this one – because it’s a girly day and it’s all about fashion – it makes it a little bit different.”

 

Other famous faces amongst the tables included former Brookside actress Suzanne Collins, the Countess of Derby, and The Zutons saxophonist Abi Harding who managed to win a bid for a Winter Kate kimono dress.

Celebrities 'throw' their clothes for charity

By Claire Bennett, Chief Sub-Editor

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