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Stars drawn in by baby grow fundraising auction

PUBLISHED: 16:41 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010

CELEBRITIES have helped a resident take on the biggest adventure of her life by signing and decorating baby grows for an exclusive auction. Emma Levett, from Orpington, is raising money for charity SCOPE before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, following in th

CELEBRITIES have helped a resident take on the biggest adventure of her life by signing and decorating baby grows for an exclusive auction.

Emma Levett, from Orpington, is raising money for charity SCOPE before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, following in the footsteps of nine celebrities who did the hike in March for Comic Relief.

As part of raising the £3,250 for the cerebral palsy charity to do the trip in January next year, Miss Levett, 23, came up with the bright idea of asking celebrities to decorate a baby grow for auction.

So far, fellow Kilimanjaro climbers singer Alesha Dixon and presenter Ben Shepherd, actress Dame Judi Dench and comedian and writer Stephen Fry have returned the signed and decorated baby outfits and presenter Fearne Cotton has also agreed to take part in the charity initiative.

Each baby grow will be unique, with Dixon's featuring her signature and a smiley face and Shepherd's featuring colourful lettering reading "The Boss".

Miss Levett, a personal assistant, intends to hand them over to the highest bidder at an auction which will be organised in the near future.

Shepherd and Cotton, who also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, sent her letters of support.

Miss Levett added: "I never expected them to take the time to write to me personally. I was really excited when I got the letters.

"They gave me some really useful tips on how to psychologically prepare myself before the climb, training and messages of encouragement.

"I can't wait to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, it is something I have wanted to do for years."

To support Emma or to find out more about her campaign, visit:

www.kilimanjaroemma.co.uk.

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