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Philippines appeal reaches £39m

The Philippines typhoon appeal has reaches £39 million, the Disasters Emergency Committee has announced. British warship HMS Daring has arrived in the country as part of the UK's emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan.

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TV and pop stars join celebrity Philippines appeal

Members of pop band One Direction and stars from TV's Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing will join the host of celebrities who have already leant their support to the Typhoon Haiyan charity appeal.

A Filipino man is seen amongst the ruins of typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city in the Philippines. Credit: AA/ABACA/Press Association Images

The boyband will launch a special celebrity telethon via Twitter while other stars will answer calls from people donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Celebrities lending a hand at the phone-in at 4pm-7pm tomorrow will include broadcaster Andrew Marr, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, comedian Stephen Merchant and actors Alan Rickman, Joanne Froggatt and Allen Leech.

An area of devastation on a small island, taken by HMS Daring's Lynx helicopter. Credit: LPHOT Keith Morgan/Royal Navy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The emergency fund has so far raised £35 million for the humanitarian effort in the Philippines, while Friday's annual Children in Need fundraiser, which raised a record amount, is donating £31 million to the appeal.

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