Typhoon appeal raises £44m

The Disasters Emergency Committee's Philippines Typhoon Appeal has now raised £44m, which includes over £90,000 raised directly from lastnight’s celebrity telethon at the BT Tower in London. Donations can also be made online at www.dec.org.uk.

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Celebrities kick off DEC telethon appeal

Amanda Holden said she was glad to help raise funds for the DEC's Philippines Appeal as it had "really affected" her Credit: PA

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden joined other celebrities today in manning the phones at the launch of a telethon donation campaign for the Philippines.

Daisy Lowe, Jamie Oliver, and Frank Skinner also helped take donations for the Disasters Emergency Committee at BT Tower.

Comedian Frank Skinner said the telethon was his "chance to do something" Credit: PA

One Direction's Liam Payne, who launched the telethon on Twitter, said:

"The pictures I have seen of little children in between the ruins made my heart break."

Model Daisy Lowe was among the celebrities helping field donations at BT Tower Credit: PA

The telethon appeal is running from 4pm until 7pm and for a chance for their donation to be taken by a celebrity the public should call 0370 6060610.

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