Public get chance to put stars in the shade

Chart acts Sir Elton John, Anastacia and Holly Valance are among stars who have donated sunglasses for a charity auction.

Chart acts Sir Elton John, Anastacia and Holly Valance are among stars who have donated sunglasses for a charity auction.

Organisers hope the online sale will raise thousands for the UK Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

It is part of the charity’s Shades For A Day event in which people pay a donation to wear their sunglasses to work for the day on July 15.

Sir Elton has handed over his LA Eyeworks specs, while Anastacia gave the GDBA her Dolce & Gabbana shades. Actress Minnie Driver donated glasses from designer label Chloe.

Other stars who have given their glasses include boy band Blue, model Jodie Kidd and actor Robson Green.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about protecting eyes from the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays.

The auction is launched on June 10, running for five weeks to July 15 on the Guide Dogs’ web site (www.guidedogs.org.uk).

Guide Dogs’ head of communications Robin Hutchinson said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain sunglasses previously owned by your favourite celebrity, whilst raising invaluable funds for Guide Dogs.”

Surveys have shown deaths from skin cancer have tripled since the 1960s, but the effect of the sun on eyes is less well-known. Over-exposure to UV rays can lead to a number of eye problems, including an increased risk of cataracts and eye cancer.

The charity is urging people to protect their eyes with shades which carry a CE mark.

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