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One Direction to help raise funds for the Philippines typhoon victims

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One Direction and the stars of Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing will join a fleet of celebrities to help raise funds for the victims of the Philippines typhoon.

The devastation of Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands dead and countless others homeless in its wake in the last week.

One Direction arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards 2013

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One Direction



One Direction and other well-known celebrities are to take part in the DEC Telethon, to be held at London's BT Tower today (November 18).

The band will kick off the fundraising event with tweets to encourage callers, who can have their donations taken by one of many celebrities.

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

"All of us in the band are shocked by how many people need help, so we're asking the public to continue to be as generous as they possibly can."

Jamie Oliver, Andrew Marr, BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney, Harry Potter's Alan Rickman, Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt and Allen Leech, and comedian Stephen Merchant will all take part in the telethon.

Strictly Come Dancing's Karen Hauer and Natalie Lowe will join the fundraiser as well.

Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman

Joanne Froggatt

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Joanne Froggatt



The public can call 0370 6060610 between 4pm and 7pm local time on Monday to make their donation, with a chance to speak to one of the many celebrities manning the phones.

The DEC appeal raised £23m ($37m) in the first 48 hours, and has since reached a total of £35m ($56m) overall.

Donations will help supply the 2.5 million survivors of the typhoon with food and shelter.

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