Celebrities: Bill Clinton receives a T-shirt for his granddaughter at a City Year UK event

Plus: Matt Dawson, Sir Michael Caine, Colin Farrell and Russell Brand

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

The former US President Bill Clinton was the guest of honour at an event for volunteers of the youth volunteering charity City Year UK, which arranges for 18 to 25-year-olds to spend a year acting as mentors for schoolchildren in deprived urban areas. At the event, held at one of the charity's partner schools in Hackney, east London, Clinton was presented with a T-shirt for his granddaughter, who was born last year.

The former England rugby union player Matt Dawson is leading a team of almost 200 cyclists in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100-mile event on 2 August to raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer. "I have a personal connection to the charity because my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007 and has beaten the disease," he said. "But my grandfather died of it and more needs to be done to make people aware of the symptoms so they can get help early."

A number of famous names, including the actors Sir Michael Caine and Naomie Harris, the fashion designer Patrick Cox and the actor and model Elizabeth Hurley were among those attending the NSPCC's Neo-Romantic Art Gala at Masterpiece London. The children's charity's event, hosted by the TV presenters Claudia Winkleman and Mariella Frostrup, raised £1.2m for the charity.

The actor Emilia Fox has travelled to Ethiopia with the anti-poverty charity ActionAid to meet women and girls who are trying to get an education and live free of forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Fox attended schools and visited families in the country.

London's Air Ambulance persuaded the EastEnders and Gavin and Stacey actor Larry Lamb to abseil 284 feet from the highest helipad in Europe to fundraise for a second emergency helicopter. Lamb descended by rope from the roof of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, in an annual event attended by 200 other daredevils and local celebrities.

The Made in Chelsea star Hugo Taylor has become an ambassador for the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity, which supports families who are caring for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Taylor is a long-standing supporter of the trust and has been involved in a number of fundraising activities for it, including running the London Marathon.

Celebrities including the former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton and The Only Way is Essex star Charlie King are supporting #TalkToUs, the annual awareness-raising campaign from the suicide-prevention charity Samaritans. Both stars credit talking to someone with helping them through personal difficulties and are hoping the social media campaign will encourage others to open up about their problems rather than struggling to cope alone.

The charity the Homeless World Cup, which helps homeless people to change their lives through football, has announced the actor Colin Farrell as its new ambassador. He has been involved with the group since narrating the documentary Kicking It, which followed six players who attended the 2006 Homeless World Cup in South Africa.

Roberto Martinez, the manager of Everton Football Club, took part in a behind-the-scenes tour of The Christie hospital in Manchester with Prostate Cancer UK. He is backing the charity's Men United campaign, which has been established to raise awareness of the disease.

The TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle has helped to launch Wildlife Champions, a new fundraising scheme by the Zoological Society of London to inspire public support for wildlife protection.

The comedian and activist Russell Brand was a guest of Muslim Aid when volunteers from the charity served food to homeless people at the Salvation Army's Booth House hostel in Whitechapel, east London. It was part of the faith charity's annual Feed the Fasting campaign, which provides food for homeless people in the UK and abroad during the month of Ramadan.

The rugby league star Danny McGuire, who plays for Leeds Rhinos, has launched a new campaign for Leeds Mencap called Space For Me, which the charity hopes will raise the final £750,000 of a £2.5m investment in a new building for the organisation. The development will double the size of the charity's floor space and will also be used by local community groups.

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