Rocker Sir Paul McCartney and soccer ace David Beckham have generously donated thousands of dollars (pounds) to a fundraising drive aimed at helping out the victims of the recent Russian hostage crisis.

The compassionate pair responded to British newspaper The Sun's call for funds following the tragic school siege in Beslan last week (ends03SEP04), in which 335 people lost their lives.

Music stars SIR Cliff Richard, Ronan Keating, Mariah Carey, Will Young and Rachel Stevens have also offered their support.

McCartney says, "Anything that can be done to ease the suffering has my total support."

Beckham adds, "Our thoughts are with the parents and children who suffered immeasurably in this tragedy."

Over 200 people remain unaccounted for since Chechen terrorists attacked the school.

07/09/2004 02:41