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Coldplay donate £1million to Camden children's charity

PUBLISHED: 15:08 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 07 September 2010

PLATINUM-selling bands Coldplay have donated £1million to help fund a charity s new children s centre in Camden. Primrose Hill singer Chris Martin and his three bandmates gave the cash to Camberwell based Kids Company. The charity, founded by Camila Batma

PLATINUM-selling bands Coldplay have donated £1million to help fund a charity's new children's centre in Camden.

Primrose Hill singer Chris Martin and his three bandmates gave the cash to Camberwell based Kids Company.

The charity, founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh, provides emotional, practical and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people.

Coldplay helped out after visiting the charity's centres in Kenbury Street, Camberwell, and Decima Street, in Elephant and Castle.

The band, who wanted to keep the donation quiet, has also reportedly offered to give music lessons to the children.

A Kids Company spokeswoman said: "They were inspired by the work they saw that they decided to make this donation."

After building the Camden centre, the charity hopes to set up four more across the country by 2012.

Coldplay shot to fame in 2000 with bestselling album Parachutes. Three subsequent albums have all been chart-toppers.

Mr Martin is married to Hollywood A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow. They have two children, Apple and Moses.

Ms Paltrow has been an active supporter of Kids Company in the past.

The charity has reached 13,500 children who have often experienced severe and multiple trauma.

It has three centres in south London and works in more than 30 schools across the capital


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