Good Causes

Celebs take their hats off to help homeless people

Mon.27.Jan.2014 UTC

Comedian and actor Alexei Sayle is joining with St Mungo’s to donate a personal piece of headgear to the charity’s celebrity hat auction which starts today and runs until the 2nd February, with the aim of raising £20,000 for its work supporting people to recover from homelessness.
Other celebs donning their hats include Joanna Lumley, Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessie J, The Edge, Kim Kardashian, Elvis Costello, Tinie Tempah, Sienna Miller and Kevin Pieterson. 
This is the third year that St Mungo’s has held its celebrity hat auction. The event is held to mark the charity’s annual Woolly Hat Day where people are encouraged to wear a hat for the day in return for a £2 donation. Benedict Cumberbatch, recently on our screens as Sherlock, has donated a signed deerstalker and Michael Sheen has sent in a signed baseball cap he wore on the FROST/NIXON Broadway baseball team. Sienna Milller has donated a stylish Philip Treacy trilby and all three members of Coldplay have signed an army cap.  Music legends Sir Elton John and U2’s The Edge have both donated iconic hats. Sir Elton’s a black Stephen Jones trilby and The Edge, a signature black skull cap as worn on countless tours.St Mungo’s has been running for over 40 years and is one of Britain's largest charities supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The charity provides accommodation and much more to thousands of people in London and across the South - from hostels to semi-independent flats, from psychotherapy services to peer support, from life-skills to job opportunities.