Boris Johnson makes a splash during Volunteers' Week

Brennan and Hurd work the tills at CRUK shops

Volunteering England celebrates 25 years of Volunteering Week (l-r: Mike Gatting, Julian Buttery, Kellie Shirley, Kevin Brennan, Justin Davis Smith)
Volunteering England celebrates 25 years of Volunteering Week (l-r: Mike Gatting, Julian Buttery, Kellie Shirley, Kevin Brennan, Justin Davis Smith)

Boris Johnson got more than he bargained for during one of more than 150 charity events that took place to mark the 25th anniversary of Volunteers' Week this week.
 
The mayor of London was helping to clean litter from the banks of the River Pool in Lewisham, south-east London, with members of the Quaggy Waterways Action Group when he lost his footing and ended up chest-deep in the water.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's celebration of the week was somewhat more low-key: he limited himself to writing a blog about the event.

Third sector minister Kevin Brennan and his Tory shadow, Nick Hurd, were among eight MPs who volunteered at Cancer Research UK shops.

A spokeswoman for Volunteering England, which organised the week, said she was pleased with the level of support from famous people for the event, which aimed to "reward, recognise and recruit" volunteers.

Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq appeared in The Daily Mirror on Wednesday to praise the work of volunteers, and Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz, spoke about Volunteers' Week on GMTV on Tuesday.

Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England, said he hoped the publicity generated by the event would dramatically increase the number of people involved in volunteering.

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