Veteran singer SIR Elton John is funding a range of embroidered towel and soap sets to raise money for his AIDS charity.

The $18 (GBP10) 'Darling, Dearest and Queerest' bath sets will be sold in UK store Superdrug, with 90 cents (50 pence) from each sale going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity.

ROBERT KEY, executive director of the non-profit organisation, says, "With more than 40 million people infected with HIV around the world, the need to raise money is more desperate than ever."