DVD CELEBRITIES from the world of television and sport helped a Newport-based charity at a special party last night.

A party at the famous Sugar Hut in Essex celebrated the official England launch of a new fitness DVD in aid of Life Music Foundation.

This Newport-based charity, which has former Welsh international rugby player Gareth Thomas as its president, helps disadvantaged youngsters receive free music tuition and sports equipment.

It has already helped more than 3,000 young people.

Gareth Thomas has created The Real Celebrity Fitness Workout DVD, which sees him and other celebrities being put through a series of 20 minute workouts – one for every day of the week.

It also features appearances by Hollywood film star Mickey Rourke.

It is already on sale in Wales and sees a percentage of each sale go to the Gareth Thomas Foundation for Music and Sport, which incorporates the Life Music Foundation.

The party at the Sugar Hut was due to be attended by undefeated world boxing champion Joe Calzaghe, television presenter Matt Johnson, Rylan Clark from The X Factor and John Partridge from EastEnders.

Stars from The Only Way is Essex were also due to be attending, including Kirk Norcross, Sam and Billy Faiers, Bobby Norris and Charlie King.

The Gareth Thomas The Real Celebrity Fitness DVD costs £14.99 and is available from gareththomasfitness.co.uk