Copyright 2004

[ September 14th 2004 ]

Fancy a the last ever date with Leeds' own supermodel Nell McAndrew as a single woman? It could be yours - if you make the right bid. An evening with the Belle Isle beauty is up for grabs in an internet charity auction raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. And the lucky fella will be getting an extra-special evening as Nell recently announced her plans to marry long-term boyfriend Paul Hardcastle in an exotic beachfront ceremony.

The 30-year-old pin-up said: "This is a great idea for a brilliant cause so get bidding now. "Not only could you bid for what could potentially be my last ever date, but you'll also be raising money for charity as well." She said she was hoping to beat the 50,000 raised through her running the London Marathon earlier this year, which supported four charities. "That was really hard work," she said. "I am hoping that this will match that and I promise that it will be a date to remember."

The date is part of a Celebrity Dream Date Auction being run through the dating web site, and a host of fabulous evenings are up for grabs. The auction started yesterday and runs until noon on September 23, with the winning bids announced the following day, National Dating Day. Nell prepared for her date with a drink in a pub, the place chosen by almost three-quarters of users of the online dating service as the ideal location for a first date.

If Nell doesn't float your boat, there are also dates with BBC Breakfast presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and weather girl Sian Lloyd on offer, while Top Gear presenter Vicki Butler-Henderson will set pulses racing with her date. Irish GMTV star Eamonn Holmes, I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! star Lord Brocket, DJs Toby Anstis and Pat Sharp are the male dates hoping to raise high bids.o

As well as the hot dates, a host of showbiz memorabilia is also up for grabs including a signed album from Kylie Minogue. The end of the auction also marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, when a host of fundraising activities are planned for throughout the country.

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