Dave Prowse, the actor best known for his role as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy gave his backing to a new partnership between The Prostate Cancer Charity and the online bookmaker Betfair, which will raise £150,000 for the charity. Prowse was successfully treated for prostate cancer and has supported the charity since his diagnosis in 2009. "Having been treated for prostate cancer myself, I know how important it is to raise awareness of this disease, which this partnership looks sure to do," he said.
More than 80 public figures and celebrities, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the actor Dame Judi Dench, the musician Annie Lennox and the model Lily Cole, have signed a letter drawn up by the campaign group Save England's Forests to protest against the government's proposals to sell the English public forest estate.
The boxer Amir Khan is backing Oxfam's call for people to give what they can to help thousands of people still affected by the floods that struck Pakistan six months ago. In September, Khan visited flood-affected areas of the country with the charity, which is helping 1.9 million people hit by the disaster.
The soap stars Natalie Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler in EastEnders, and Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street, helped Mencap and its sister charity Enable Scotland to launch their charity of the year partnership with The Co-operative Group in Manchester on 21 January. It is hoped the 12-month partnership will raise more than £3.7m for the charities.
The actor Sienna Miller, the TV presenter Christine Bleakley, the Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton and the writer and film director Richard Curtis are among celebrities who donated their coats to the Wrap Up Against Poverty eBay auction for Elizabeth Finn Care, launched on 31 January. Joy McLaren, a finalist in the TV show Britain's Next Top Model, modelled the coats.
The BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman and the former MP turned Strictly Come Dancing star Ann Widdecombe have become patrons of the London homelessness charity Anchor House.