Two long-time George Michael fans are raising money for the star's favourite charity.

Sandra Gillespie-Bell and Katja Aaltonen, both from Croydon, will be holding an auction on March 13 when they will be selling items signed by the pop idol.

The auction is timed to coincide with the launch of George Micheal's latest album Patience, which hits the shelves on March 15.

The auction organisers have managed to secure an advance copy to play on the day.

Mrs Gillespie-Bell said: "I've been a huge fan of George Michael since his Wham days. I've even got to meet him eight times. He's not a stuck-up superstar at all, he's really nice and patient to his fans.

"I remember hearing his Older album and he sings exactly the way he feels and I and think that's what made me like him.

"We've managed to get hold of a copy of Patience and can hardly wait to hear it, but I'm going to have to control myself until Saturday.

"The highlight of the auction will be a signed personal item donated by George himself.

"During the day we will be selling raffle tickets to win a variety of lovely prizes.

"The main prize will be a copy of the book Bare which once again has very kindly been signed by George especially for the occasion."

The money raised on the day will be donated to terminally ill children's charity the Rainbow Trust which George Michael patrons.

The event will start from 12pm at the Hogshead pub, Leicester Square, where there will be a raffle, buffet lunch, and the opportunity to have a boogie to the new album.

The auction is scheduled for 4pm and there is a £3 entrance fee.