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We could all use some more fun and laughter in our lives from time to time; this year Comic Relief are bringing its Red Nose Day 2013 advertising to life with augmented reality (AR) technology.

Having enlisted the help of AR app Zappar, people will be able to discover bonus features and videos of Comic Relief's The Fun Raisers, a team of celebrities whose mission is clear: to help the nation do something funny for money.

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If you own a smartphone or tablet, simply download the free app and zap the official Red Nose Day advertising and you'll be taken to a Red Nose Day menu where you can access a number of features. Want to see video footage of singer Jessie J, comedians Lenny Henry and Keith Lemon, Mary Berry, Jason Donovan, Helen Skelton and Miss Piggy from The Muppets? Just zap that! But that's not all. You can also take a photo or create a video with any of The Fun Raisers or pose with a Red Nose and share it with friends and family, and play a game where you can flick the Red Nose at Lenny Henry.

But it is really all about fundraising, and you will also find ideas of how to do so and help raise even more money on the app. Money raised will go to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa. This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m to date.

Available now on iPhone, iPod and iPad and Android.

Red Nose Day 2013 takes place on March 15.

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Stella McCartney's t-shirt designs for this year's Red Nose Day have been unveiled.

Reprising her role from 2009, McCartney has given Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and Tommy Cooper a red-nosed makeover this year in order to raise funds for Comic Relief.

The t-shirts - all manufactured in Africa using Fairtrade-certified cotton - will be sold exclusively at TK Maxx nationwide from today, with prices ranging from £5.99 for long-sleeved tops in kids' sizes to £14.99 for a fitted women's t-shirt.

Red Nose Day 2013 takes place on Friday, 15 March.

This article was originally published on Shinystyle.tv.

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British PM David Cameron might be gearing up to address the question of 'to EU or not to EU' and potentially promise a referendum in 2017. But that's not the only thing on his plate this morning.

Today, Wednesday 23 January, a major new campaign called Enough Food for Everyone IF will call on David Cameron to use his presidency of the forthcoming G8 summit to take a lead on world hunger, which kills two million every year.

IF's research estimates that by 2025, 937 million young people's life chances will be permanently damaged by childhood hunger, and the malnutrition will cost developing countries £78billion each year in lost economic output by 2030. That said, IF also notes that by tackling the four big IFs - on land, aid, tax and good governance - there can easily be enough food for everyone.

100 charities, aid organisations and faith groups, including Unicef, Save the Children, Oxfam, Cafod, Action Aid and Christian Aid, have formed the largest coalition of the aid world since Make Poverty History in 2005, and the campaign is backed by a host of famous faces, such as actors Bill Nighy, Keeley Hawes and Bonnie Wright, musician Baaba Maal, athletes Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson and England rugby legend Matt Dawson.

The IF campaign launches tonight at Somerset House in London and will see its architecture brought to life with a 3D projection on its walls that tells the story behind the campaign: that there is enough food for everyone but not everyone gets enough food. The spectacle will also incorporate live tweets from the public - join the campaign on @EnoughFoodIF - including a message from Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Enough Food for Everyone IF events will be held across the country tonight in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Northern Ireland and more than 20 other towns and cities. For details go to www.enoughfoodif.org.

Top 7 charitable gifts this Christmas

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We're two weeks away from the festivities of Yuletide and shops are bursting with Christmas songs, wishes of a happy holiday, and displays of all the things you could ever wish to buy.

If you're tired of buying into the materialistic consumer culture that goes hand in hand with Christmas, but still want to bring festive smiles to your friends and families (you can't just not get them a gift if they're getting you one right?), how about giving a gift with a difference?

Britons still have tough years ahead as the global economic crisis doesn't seem to be shifting much any time soon, and with most families having had to cut back over the last year, charitable gifts should be high up on everyone's wish-list this Christmas. Not only will they bring you - and the receiver - joy but you'd also be helping others.

Need some inspiration? Here are our top seven charitable gifts this Christmas.

We do have a soft spot for Disney princesses and fairies so it's great to learn that Disney UK is to donate £1 from every download of its new Disney Fairies: Lost and Found iOS app from today until Christmas Day to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

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The £0.69 app, Disney Fairies: Lost & Found is a game based on the new animated feature film Tinker Bell: Secret of Wings that lets players help fairies reveal their hidden 'fairy facts' and discover the talents of fairy Tinker Bell and her friends. By completing the game, players can unlock an interactive storybook which will continue to see new downloadable content and features being added to over time.

General manager of Disney Interactive, Paul Brown, commented, "We are delighted to be able to help make this an Appy Christmas for Great Ormond Street Hospital."

"No matter where they're spending the festive season, we know that kids love fairies and the wonder and beauty of Pixie Hollow. Disney Fairies: Lost & Found not only allows players to engage with the characters in the game but also understand the mission of a true Disney fairy and the importance of giving back at this time of year."

Disney has partnered with the charity since 2008 with a focus on raising £10 million towards the hospital's redevelopment appeal.

Download Disney Fairies: Lost & Found from the App Store.

member_sml.jpgYou might have seen the posters on bus stops or overheard people joke that the panda made them do things...

The Panda Made Me Do It is a campaign by WWF that encourages people to take action and do something positive for the environment; feel inspired and become part of the wonderful world and work of the World Wildlife Foundation. WWF has devised a number of simple actions that people can do to really make a difference to the environment as featured on wwf.org.uk/doit.

So how can you get your paws on a The Panda Made Me Do It t-shirt? Just commit to do an action set out on wwf.org.uk/doit to unlock the exclusive tee. Once you've taken some positive action for the environment, inspired by WWF's work, then you can proudly wear the t-shirt as an environmental 'badge of honour'.

Personally, I adore pandas so have been in love with the campaign ever since I spotted it - I even Instragrammed a photo of the poster on the bus stop (tragic I know but it's all spreading the word)

As part of the campaign the WWF has released this video showing that all is fair in (environmental) love and war... And if in doubt, just say: The Panda Made Me Do It.

We don't watch TOWIE, have not seen one episode and never will, but when you dress up a tangoed Z-lister in a cupcake dress it is too good not to mention. And the story is really about coffee and fundraising, not reality TV.

On a more serious note, The Only Way Is Essex's Lucy Mecklenburgh traded in her designer clothes to mark the official launch of cancer charity Macmillan's flagship fundraiser, The World's Biggest Coffee Morning, which takes place on Friday 28 September.

Lucy's dress, seen here, is made up of over 360 handmade cupcakes donated by LOLA's.

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Speaking about her cupcake adventure and work with Macmillan Lucy said: "I am really delighted to launch the World's Biggest Coffee Morning for such an amazing charity as Macmillan Cancer Support, and I had so much fun modelling this Cupcake Gown! I love getting together with the girls for coffee and a treat so for me hosting a coffee morning is a lovely way to raise money for Macmillan. Sign up everyone and please help us raise £10.8million for Macmillan to help them provide support to people affected by cancer."

To sign up for the World's Biggest Coffee Morning visit macmillan.org.uk/maketime.

To celebrate all things British this year, with the Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, firmly putting the isles on the map - and to support The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund - Matches has collaborated with some of Britain's most notable London-based designers to create a collection of exclusive t-shirts.

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Erdem, Holly Fulton, the designer and illustrator behind cult magazine 'Herself', Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Illincic, Jonathan Saunders, JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou have all designed unique t-shirts for the charity project, with the latter three offering menswear tees too.

Ruth Chapman, CEO of Matches Fashion, says, "As a London based retailer with a wide range of International clients, we wanted to celebrate London in 2012 and asked some of our most creative and innovative British designers to partner with us on this project, which also gives something back to our city. I'm very proud of this beautiful collection of limited edition t-shirts and that with the proceeds we can support The Dispossessed Fund to fight poverty in London".

The t-shirts are sold exclusively at Matches stores and online for £60.

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Pukka-WFF-tea.jpgCelebrating ten years of tea making, organic herbal tea brand Pukka has teamed up with the world's leading animal and environmental conservation body WWF to raise over £50,000 to support the charity's conservation work across the world.

The new partnership sees Pukka launch a specially blended tea, Peppermint & Licorice, of which 20p of each packet sold go to the UK division of the WWF. The new blend is made from organic peppermint tea and FairWild certificated licorice tea, a standard which WWF was involved in creating to ensure the sustainable use of wild collected plant ingredients.

Commenting on the partnership, Rachel Bloodworth from WWF-UK said: 'We are delighted to be working with Pukka Herbs in their tenth birthday year - their dedication to supporting the natural environment and creating a beautiful world aligns with our goals. Over the past 50 years, WWF has achieved countless successes from preserving some of the world's most iconic species such as mountain gorillas and giant pandas, to helping the development of international agreements for the protection of the planet. The continued support of people and companies like Pukka is essential to our work to create a future where people and nature thrive.'

As part of its tenth year anniversary and to reaffirm their commitment to creating a beautiful world in everything they do, Pukka and the WFF are also looking to Create a Beautiful World. Inviting people to share a piece of their own personal beautiful world via Facebook, Pukka and WWF are collating images and videos that will be made into short films which show what a beautiful world we live in - one that is so important to preserve. To showcase the campaign, Pukka is also bringing out exclusive ethical merchandise, of which profits from the sale will go to WWF-UK.

Look for the famous panda logo on the Pukka tea packet to show your support and contribute to the important work WWF is doing across the world.

big-bra-hunt-oxfam.jpgWe all have clothes in our wardrobe that we don't wear, but exactly how many bras have you got gathering dust in your drawers? According to new research by charity Oxfam, British women are guilty of hoarding nearly £1.2billion worth of bras! Perhaps the bra doesn't fit just right or it was an impulse purchase, but if you're not wearing it why not donate it to charity?

Oxfam has launched the 'Big Bra Hunt' and is appealing for women to donate their forgotten bras to the charity. The hunt, which is supported by Helen Mirren, Zoe Ball and Miquita Oliver, takes place throughout April with Oxfam hoping to collect one million bras.

Some of these bras will be sold in Oxfam shops around the UK, while others will be sent to Frip Ethique, a project run by Oxfam in Senegal that sorts and trades unsold second hand clothes from Oxfam and provides essential employment for disadvantaged women in West Africa.

Helen Mirren, says: "Before I heard about this campaign I had never thought to donate my bras to Oxfam. I'm sure many women have a number of bras stowed away left untouched for years. The Big Bra Hunt really highlights how every last item donated to Oxfam can be used in a truly unique way, making a real difference to people all around the world."

So ladies, bring your unwanted bras into an Oxfam shop near you and do your bit for charity. For other ways to donate please visit www.oxfam.org.uk/bra.

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Ahead of Earth Hour 2012, WWF has launched an interactive website - Foodstory - that highlights some of the problems the world is facing when it comes to food sustainability and global hunger. These include:

Producing the meat and dairy we eat causes 30% of the loss of our natural world

30% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from the food we eat

1.5 billion people worldwide eat too much while a billion people go hungry, which is quite ironic as enough food to feed the world and to create a healthy future for people and the planet

In the words of the WWF, 'If we want to keep our world brilliant we have to change how and what we eat.'

It is time to take action and call for the UK Government and its Food Ministers to develop a strategy to meet the challenge.

Take action at wwf.org.uk/foodstory/

Earth Hour takes place at 8:30pm on Saturday 31st March 2012.

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You already know what a great thing fairtrade is and how vital it is in helping overcome poverty and suffering, and make a difference to the farmers and their families in the developing world who work hard to ensure you get the products needed.

Charity Oxfam were the first to supply products with the fairtrade mark, making their brands fairtrade pioneers. Since then, the range of fairtrade products have just grown and you'll be able to find a varied selection of produce in your preferred supermarkets.

However, by supporting Oxfam, you're technically supporting two organisations at once - and it doesn't get better than that!

This Fairtrade Fortnight, why not show support by sending a perishable gift that will bring lots of joy and that is sustainable.

For more information visit www.oxfam.org.com/shop.

thinkbig.jpgHippyshopper and sister site TechDigest have teamed up with the O2 Recycle team this Christmas in order to raise some money for a pair of great causes.

Collecting all our old tech gear from the Shiny Media towers, the O2 Recycling gurus are going to re-sell the items, and ethically dispose of the ones that have no value, pushing all profits made to two separate charities.

The Shiny Media profits will all be going towards the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who work tirelessly to help our little loved ones battle illness. O2 will be giving their share to Think Big, O2 will be giving its share to Think Big, its own initiative which empowers youngsters up and down the country, giving them funding to run their own community projects.

But we can't do it alone! We need your help to raise as much cash as we possibly can for these two great causes.

According to the O2 Recycle team's research, we throw away 17.5 million perfectly usable gadgets every year, with a potential value of £750 million!

We're asking if you can pool together any unwanted gadgets lying around your house to put towards the fund raising effort. Just pop them into the post, to the address found at this link, and we'll do the rest. We'll make sure that the owner of each profitable item sent gets credited on the site, so that you're hard work is recognised.

O2 offer a full price-match service on your recyclable gadgets too, meaning if you're offered a better price for the item elsewhere, they'll match it to the penny.

The recycling scheme can of course also be used personally if you've got a charity you'd like to support, or just need a little extra cash of your own. But you'd be helping out a great cause by teaming up with the Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny teams!

For more info, check out the video below, and then head over to www.o2recycle.co.uk to get started

Erin_OConnor_Bags_To_Save_A_Life.jpgMost women dream of owning a designer handbag, but seeing as most of them cost the equivalent of a month's rent it usually stays just a dream. However, what if I said buying said bag also means that you'd be doing something for a charitable cause...

British fashion model Erin O'Connor is leading the celebrity support of Save the Children's Christmas 'Bag to Save a Life' appeal when it launches tomorrow, Friday 25th November 2011. Erin is joined by other well-known names such as Sienna Miller, Tilda Swinton, Florence Welch, Gemma Arterton, Georgia May Jagger, Annie Lennox and the UK's Prime Minister's wife and Save the Children Ambassador, Samantha Cameron to raise funds for the charity's lifesaving work in the poorest countries.

If you fancy snapping up a bag by the likes of Christian Louboutin, Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada and many more - donated or designed by the lovely celeb ladies previously mentioned - make sure you join in on the online auction from tomorrow on www.savethechildren.org.uk/bagtosave.

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Claire Danes' Jimmy Choo

Samantha Cameron has donated her Jimmy Choo bag, Sienna Miller a Miu Miu, Tilda Swinton has donated a bag from Chanel AND a bag from Victor & Rolf, while Gemma Arterton has donated a leather patent Prada bag.

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Samantha Cameron's Jimmy Choo

Save the Children ambassador Samantha Cameron said: "I am delighted to donate one of my handbags to Save the Children's Bag to Save a Life auction. It a great cause and the proceeds will help provide more health workers around the world who in turn will stop the needless deaths of children. Please get involved and do your bit to help save a child's life."

Tilda Swinton said: "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. Don't count the cost. Think of it as paying something back for all there is to be grateful for in your days."

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Chanel donated by Tilda Swinton

If you want to take part in the auction, the starting price will be at around a quarter of the bags' recommended retail price. You can also donate any unwanted bags you might have laying around at any of the Save the Children stores around the UK to be included into the auction.

The online auction will be live from Friday 25th November to Sunday 4th December 2011.

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My, my what a pretty Miu Miu - donated by Sienna Miller

maryportas-uk-high-street-charity.jpgWe love charity shops at Hippyshopper. Not only are they great for updating your wardrobe in an inexpensive and sustainable way (recycling unwanted clothes and items all around), uncovering some great vintage finds, and taking your unwanted clothes off your hands, they are also come with the added bonus of helping raise funds for different causes.

It was with interest that we watched the news piece on BBC Breakfast this morning on whether there are too many charity shops on Britain's high streets. This one particular city had 6 on its main shopping street. The current debate around charity shops on the high street began after retail queen Mary Portas suggested that the number of charity shops on the high street should be limited by tax laws earlier this month. The Charity Retail Association has slammed this suggestion and is writing to the Prime Minister to object to Portas' idea as it is concerned what it would do to charity shops should they been reflected negatively in the High Street Review. The review, which is led by Portas, was launched in May and is due to report back to the Prime Minister this autumn.

Too many charity shops? We think not!

Better that they are there offering an eco-minded, sustainable shopping experience than the properties that would otherwise be empty - or worse being occupied by shops selling cheaply made and short-lived crap for £1 to feed the nation's throwaway society.

Fair enough, the charity shops might pay less in rent but considering that they enable hobby eco-warriors to do their bit for charity and raise funds for much needed causes I don't see the issue.

Alternatively, the retail associations in charge of the British high streets should enable independent businesses to prosper by offering lower rates so that locally produced goods could be showcased in a store environment.

What do you think? Are there too many charity shops around and what do you suggest could be done to breathe new life into our high streets? Leave a comment below.

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