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A-listers donate handbags to Handbag Amnesty 2009

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by Cancer Research UK | News

1 October 2009

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Handbag Amnesty 2009, part of’s dedicated Handbag Month, will take place throughout September, culminating in an exclusive celebrity handbag auction in October, to tie in with breast cancer awareness month.

Paris Hilton has joined other A-listers including, Rachel Weisz, Rachel Bilson, Heidi Klum, Scarlett Johansson, Peaches Geldof and Alesha Dixon, all of whom have given up a favourite handbag from their personal collection. Even Alexander McQueen has donated.

All profits will go to Cancer Research UK, the largest single funder of breast cancer research in the UK, having spent £44million on groundbreaking research last year alone.

Handbag Amnesty 2009 isn’t just about celebrity donations. Members of the public are also being asked to join in the fundraising by simply taking any unwanted handbag to their local Cancer Research UK shop. Handbags are one of the most popular items in Cancer Research UK charity shops across the country and sell like hot-cakes.

In return for donating their handbags and other quality used-goods, members of the public will be able to enter a draw to win a fantastic designer handbag to replace the one they have donated. Digital Publisher Sara Stephenson says: “Last year was such a success in terms of celebrity and public involvement, and thanks to the joint effort from and Cancer Research UK, more than 20 celebrities have already donated to Handbag Amnesty 2009. At this rate we’re well on the way to beating last year’s target.”

Terry Mills, of Cancer Research UK, says: “We’re delighted to be working with again after last year’s hugely successful campaign. If as many people donate unwanted handbags and bid in the celebrity auction this year, we’ll be able to raise even more to beat breast cancer. It is now the most common cancer in the UK and although more women are surviving than ever before, there’s still a lot to do.”

Designer handbags donated to Handbag Amnesty 2009 include:

Scarlett Johansson has donated this Anya Hindmarch

Rachel Weisz has donated this Hogan

Heidi Klum has donated this Design Guru


Alesha Dixon has donated this Union Jack by River Island

For a complete list of bags up for auction as well as more information on how to help, go to