Celeb Watch

This week, actor John Pickard supports Leonard Cheshire Disability while author Anne Fine helps out at an event organised by the National Deaf Children's Society.

Musician Lenny Kravitz has released his new song and video Change on the Peace One Day MySpace page.

Visitors to the page can download the track for free by becoming a friend of the anti-war campaigning charity on the social networking website. The song's video is directed by Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day. Actor Jude Law, who is a patron of the charity, has also recorded a video message for visitors to the page.

Hollyoaks actor John Pickard ran the Great North Run for Leonard Cheshire Disability last week. He also visited the charity's Freshfields House in Formby, Merseyside, last month to meet residents, who presented him with a 'Go John!' banner for the run. "I chatted to them about the activities they like to do and learnt about some of the barriers that disabled people face," says Pickard. "If by running races I can raise money to help support Leonard Cheshire, then it is worthwhile."

Anne Fine, author of Madame Doubtfire and Ivan the Terrible, read extracts from her novels and spoke to deaf children last week at an event organised by the National Deaf Children's Society in support of the National Year of Reading. "I enjoyed sharing the joys of reading with deaf children and revealing some of my most useful writing tips," says Fine. "It's so important for all children to be given as many opportunities as possible to see how reading opens up new worlds to them."

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TV chef Ramsay, star of The F Word and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, hosted a fundraising dinner with his wife Tana for Women's Aid in Hanover Square, London, last month.

Ramsay also auctioned off gourmet evenings at his restaurants and in the homes of the winning bidders, raising more than £100,000 for the charity, which is dedicated to fighting domestic violence.

Guests at the dinner included Sarah Brown, wife of the Prime Minister and a patron of Women's Aid, Duncan Bannatyne, entrepreneur and star of Dragons' Den, the model Liz Hurley, DJ Neil Fox and pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

 

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