If ever there were a designer handbag to get you excited, it’s one donated by an A-list celebrity to raise vital funds to save children’s lives. The “Bag to Save a Life” online auction is part of Save the Children’s “No Child Born to Die Campaign”, which aims to stop the unnecessary deaths of more than 8 million children every year. Most are dying from basic illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhoea because they can’t get the treatment they need.
Led by supermodel Erin O’Connor, an impressive selection of famous faces – including Sienna Miller, Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine fame), Pixie Lott, Claire Danes and Georgia May Jagger- have donated their handbags or a handbag design for the cause.
Alongside brands such as Longchamp, Christian Kane, Sophie Hulme, Moschino, Bulgari, Armani, Mulberry, Miu Miu and Angel Jackson (a personal favourite), designer donations include an Artmeis Clutch bag by Christian Louboutin, a black patent leather crocodile print MCM clutch complete with a card signed by previous owner Annie Lennox, and a Chanel purse once owned by Tilda Swinton.
Says Tilda: “Bid high! Bid so much higher than you think you will or can! Think of a dicey number and double it. And then double that. No fancy bag can ever carry what your generosity will mean to the children it will help to live. Make this beautiful object truly valuable by investing real money in real life – and carry the evidence with pride.”
The online auction is live on eBay until 4 December, with the starting price of lots set at around a quarter of the bags’ recommended retail price. Money raised from the auction will help to fund health workers’ training and equipment needed to treat sick children in the world’s poorest countries.
You can also show your support for the cause by donating pre-loved bags at any Save the Children store across the UK. Kate Redman, from Save the Children, said: “Give a child a chance this Christmas – see if you’ve a bag you’d be happy to donate to one of our shops or try your luck on our exclusive auction.”