Celebrities: Anneka Rice, Fearne Cotton, Tinie Tempah, Ben Cohen, Geraint Thomas

This week's round-up of famous names supporting charities

Anneka Rice
Anneka Rice

- Television presenter Anneka Rice was among a group of volunteers that took part in a "deep clean" of the River Thames in west London this month. The lowest tides of the year, on 20 and 21 March, presented an opportunity for the London waterways charity Thames21 to clean up expanses of the river's foreshore.

- Fearne Cotton, the DJ and television presenter, completed the Bath Half Marathon on 6 March in a time of two hours and two minutes in aid of the breast cancer charity CoppaFeel. The 13.1-mile race attracted almost 11,000 runners, including 100 dressed in giant boob costumes. "It was so much fun and created a lot of awareness for this great cause," Cotton said.

- Geraint ThomasGeraint Thomas, the Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist, has become an ambassador for Action Medical Research's cycling events, which raise funds for the charity. "Action Medical Research funds vital research to help children affected by disease and disabilities who struggle with everyday life", he said. "I am really proud to be able to help them in this way."

- The rapper Tinie Tempah is backing Second Chance Week UK, organised by the youth charity Transforming A Generation, which aims to raise awareness of the rehabilitation of young offenders. "There are a lot of young people out there who feel lost and get into trouble just because they have no direction in their lives," said the two-time Brit award winner. "They need a break, and TAG is doing exactly that - giving young people a chance at employment."

- Ben Cohen, the England rugby World Cup winner and Royal National Lifeboat Institution supporter, had a guided tour of the lifeboat station at Wells-next-the-Sea on a recent family trip to Norfolk. "I have a real healthy respect for the volunteers who crew the lifeboats at Wells and at all the other RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast," he said.


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