Mid Wales

Catherine Zeta Jones donates shoes to help April appeal

April Jones
Image caption The actress donated the shoes after being contacted by friends of April's family

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones has donated a pair of shoes to raise funds to help the search for missing five-year-old April Jones.

The little girl was last seen near her home in Machynlleth in mid Wales seven weeks ago.

The signed designer shoes were used by the actress at a premiere and money raised will go to the 'April fund'.

Mark Bridger, 46, has been charged with April's murder, child abduction and perverting the course of justice.

A friend of April's family, Vikki Macdonald, said they had written a letter to the star to ask for support.

"She kindly gave us the shoes which she wore for a premiere - these will be up for auction to help the April Jones fund," she said.

The Swansea-born actress is well-known for her charity work -,as patron of the Noah's Ark Appeal she opened Cardiff's children's hospital in 2006.

Appearing there last week at its renaming she said: "I truly believe that the human nature of giving is unrelenting - even in dark financial times."

Image caption The shoes will be used to raise money for April's Fund

Zeta Jones's signed shoes, along with a signed photograph, will be included in an auction as part of a fund-raising night in Machynlleth later this month.

Donations to April's Fund, which is now being registered with the Charities Commission, have reached £40,000.

April went missing from her home at the start of October and, despite a massive search by police, specialist teams and hundreds of volunteers no trace has yet been found.

Dyfed Powys Police confirmed the search is currently on-going and they will be joined by mineshaft specialist to search caves and old quarry workings.

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