Rapper Dizzee Rascal takes the Savoy by storm with shoe auction for his ‘X Factor’

Dizzee Rascal stormed the stage at the Savoy last night and auctioned his shoes, raising �1,600 for an East End charity he called his X Factor.

The rapper joined film maker Danny Boyle and celebrity host Alistair McGowan for Futuerversity’s inaugural Dine for the Future black tie dinner at the famous hotel.

Impressionist and comedian Alistair McGowan compered the night, which has so far raised more than �40,000 from the live and silent auctions and ticket sales.

But the star of the show was East Ender Dizzee, who took a music production course with the charity before it changed its name from Tower hamlets Summer University, who leapt onto the stage during the auction and, starting the bidding at �1,000, ordered diners to fight it out for his for his odd shoes.

“I was in a rush getting ready tonight,” he explained. “And I only realised on the way here that I’m wearing odd shoes; they’re completely different.


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“They’re D&G and I wore one of these pairs to the MTV awards.”

More than 200 people attended the gala event last night, which was aimed at raising much needed cash for educational projects for young people in Tower Hamlets and London as a whole.

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Futureversity chief executive Sarah Davies said: “Our model enables the whole of society to be involved in the development of young people, and this involvement in return develops our society.”

She added that Futureversity contributed to a 68 per cent reduction in youth crime during a pilot of its summer programme in Oldham in 2009.

While Futureversity offers hundreds of free courses, mentoring programmes, employability projects and youth volunteering activities, the delivery in Tower Hamlets is critical to the rest of Futureversity’s work, she said.

“It is the innovation hub where new things are piloted before rolling out, and the charity’s vision is to have a high quality Futureversity in every village, town and county in the UK.”

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