Comic's toast makes bread for charity
Comedian Russell Howard has donated a giant toast costume to Barnardo's to highlight the need for donations to charity shops.
Russell (inset right) is not the only one to have donated an unusual item to the charity.
Alongside his toast costume, which appeared on BBC Three show Russell Howard's Good News, previous wacky gifts received by Barnardo's shops have included a full-sized suit of armour, a bishop's mitre, a real adult stuffed bison and a 10-man canoe.
Barnardo's guarantees it can find a customer for all unwanted gifts which are donated to its retail stores.
It is estimated that more than £2.4bn (¤2.9bn) worth of unwanted presents were given last Christmas in the UK, with a third of these ending up gathering dust in the back of a cupboard or loft.
Gerard Cousins, Barnardo's director of retail and trading, said: "We've all received festive gifts that aren't quite to our taste and many of us also like to use the holiday period to have a clear out.
"By donating unwanted gifts, and other items to your local Barnardo's store, you can recycle the item and allow someone else to enjoy them whilst raising funds for a good cause.
"Barnardo's stores are dependent upon the public's kind donations and our profits go directly into our work with some of the most vulnerable children and young people."
The toast costume is for sale via online auction through eBay.
The auction closes on December 31 at 10.30am.
To bid, visit www.ebay.co.uk and search for "Russell Howard Toast".