By Tim Saunders on
Whether she was attending a charity event to raise awareness of those in need, donating her clothes and time to charity auctions or supporting initiatives aimed at making a positive impact on the world, Peaches Geldof was at the forefront of philanthropy in the UK, one of the young stars who genuinely wanted to use their fame to make a difference.
A mother, animal lover and daughter of Bob Geldof, Peaches passed away on Monday, April 7.
Peaches was never far away from the coal face of charity – a trait her father was proud of.
“She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,” said Sir Bob in a statement. “Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever.”
A model and TV presenter, Peaches Geldof supported a number of charity campaigns, including Bottletop – an initiative that creates exquisite fashion items out of recycled bottle tops to benefit the health and well-being of young people world-wide – as well as the Environmental Justice Foundation's Pick Your Cotton Carefully campaign to clean up the cotton industry and bring fair trade to cotton producers in third world countries.
“I think that philanthropy in any way is a good idea,” said Peaches. “Any charity that raises awareness for people who are impoverished is obviously a good thing.”
Peaches regularly donated her iconic fashion items to auctions raising money for those in need, and let her own dresses be hired out for charity campaigns. In 2009 she let a group of elderly women from second-hand clothing stores give her a makeover to raise awareness of the work of charity shops.
“I want to be a good wife, a good mother, a good person,” she once said.
Peaches will be missed by all those who knew her and looked up to her.
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