Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, was said at one time to have owned 2,700 pairs of shoes. It is not clear if Victoria Adams — Mrs David Beckham — had that many, but she probably hasn't now. When the Beckhams were contacted by the Red Cross in Chelsea where they live (sometimes), the football star and his wife cleared out their wardrobes
In the end they donated no fewer than 20 boxes of clobber to the Philippines relief effort. Meanwhile, A List rock star Bryan Ferry has announced a special fundraiser
at the O2 on November 30 with proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
Earlier this week, 95 tonnes of emergency aid was dispatched to the Philippines
; £13 million was raised for aid in the first 24 hours
of a UK appeal, and to date around £50 million has been raised in total.
Every little helps, the Rotary Club of Ringwood
— population 14,000 — raised £2,600 in three days. Not a bad effort for a country on whose empire the Sun set before most of you were born.