PUBLISHED: 11:17 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 August 2010
STUNNING Alesha Dixon, who waltzed to victory in the hit series Strictly Come Dancing, is among a host of stars taking part in a charity auction. The 29-year-old appeared at Bluewater on Friday to unveil a selection of celebrity designed beech huts to la
STUNNING Alesha Dixon, who waltzed to victory in the hit series Strictly Come Dancing, is among a host of stars taking part in a charity auction.
The 29-year-old appeared at Bluewater on Friday to unveil a selection of celebrity designed beech huts to launch the shopping centre's summer season.
Alesha along with teenage socialite Peaches Geldof and top model Jasmine Guinness each designed huts of their choice. They will be displayed until August when they will be auctioned off to raise money for charities chosen by the designers.
Miss Dixon, who topped charts in the early 2000 with R&B girl group Mis-Teeq, looked stunning at the Summer Style Exhibition in the Guild Hall.
She said: "I was approached about it and just thought it was a wonderful idea. At the end of the day I can raise money for charity in a really fun way.
"I really enjoyed designing my beach hut and seeing it take shape was so exciting."
Proceeds from the sale of Alesha's hut will go to the Afro Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), those from Peaches' hut to the Sea Turtle Trust and money raised from Jasmine's will go to Clothesline, a charity which helps sufferers of HIV and AIDS in Africa.
The sultry singer, who was crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion after beating former Eastenders star Matt Di Angelo in the show's final last December, chose a floral theme for her design.
She said: "I'm a flower freak. I love flowers. If you come to my house I have got flowers everywhere and I've got a lovely rose bush that my mum gave to me.
"The combination of pink roses, grass and beautiful white interior can't fail to make you think of summer.
"It's girly, it's fresh, it's pretty and the colours are beautiful. I'm thinking about bidding for it myself actually."
She was the bookies favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2007 with dance partner Matthew Cutler when she performed in the final against Matt Di Angelo, where they both took part in five dances.
Speaking about her win, she said: "It was well worth all the bruises, all the lack of painful cuts and sore joints, all the tears and all the 380 hours of training.
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