Rock royalty Rod Stewart and his model wife Penny Lancaster donated items to the new Haven House Children’s Hospice shop, which will open next week.

There was no sign of Stewart's famous leopard skin trousers, but the Maggie May singer donated a Ralph Lauren dinner jacket and a pair of boots to the store in High Street, Epping.

His wife gave a pair of Sergio Rossi heels and a Dolce Gabbana evening bag, along with a selection of toys bought for their sons, Alistair and Aiden.

Jenni Anderson, director of income generation at the hospice in High Road, Woodford Green, said: "We're delighted that our local celebrities have supported the shop opening and we're hoping that their support will raise much needed funds for our vital work with life-limited and life-threatened children and families."

"We are asking Epping residents to donate quality clothing, books, furniture and toys, so that we can regularly update our stock.  We will also be looking for enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to join our team."

The new shop is at 177 High Street, Epping CM16 4BL and will be open from August 14.