Celebrities: David Schneider, Daley Thompson, Carol Smillie

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

Carol Smillie
Carol Smillie

Comedian David Schneider and decathlete Daley Thompson will cycle 70km this month for the Prostate Cancer Charity. Their rides are part of the charity's Unite ByCycling initiative, which lets people ride stages of the Tour of Britain to raise awareness and funds.

"I'm really looking forward to doing this cycle ride for the Prostate Cancer Charity - if 'really looking forward' also means slightly bloomin' dreading it," said Schneider, who appeared in BBC's I'm Alan Partridge and the film A Knight's Tale. The rides are also being supported by Olympic gold medal-winning cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Ed Clancy.

Former Goodie and wildlife presenter Bill Oddie will be the starter and medal presenter for the Great Gorilla Run, organised by the Gorilla Organization. The 7km fun run, in its eighth year, will feature 750 people dressed as apes racing along London's streets on 26 September. It is raising money for gorilla conservation in west Africa through the event.

Actors Joanna Lumley and Lucy Davis and singer Joss Stone are supporting anti-animal experimentation charity BUAV's 'The Ugly Truth About Botox' campaign. The campaign calls for an end to testing botox on animals.

Football pundit Chris Kamara will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in June in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides care for terminally ill patients in hospices and at home. Kamara, whose mother died from cancer in 2003, has also become an ambassador for the charity. "My mum was cared for at home by Marie Curie nurses, so I know how important the work of the charity is," he said. "It is very close to my heart."

The TV presenter is backing an appeal by PDSA that aims to persuade people to donate their leftover holiday change to the veterinary treatment charity. The faces of the pair will appear on collection tins into which people can drop their foreign coins.

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