Celebrities: Fearne Cotton, Anton du Beke, Dermot O'Leary, Ian Hislop, Sir Cliff Richard, Phyllida Law, Sue Townsend, Sue Perkins

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

TV presenter Fearne Cotton
TV presenter Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton, the TV presenter, is one of a number of celebrities endorsing the Fairtrade Foundation's Fairtrade Facebook Challenge, which invites people to log on to the social networking website and create their own "wacky Fairtrade banana smile", a Fairtrade chocolate moustache or a Fairtrade fruit-inspired hat. The winner of each category will win one of a number of prizes, such as a trip to the Dominican Republic to visit Fairtrade-certified banana farmers or a week's holiday in Sri Lanka.

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, dancers from the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, will take part in an evening of dance at the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. The event on 20 May will be hosted by the former snooker player and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Willie Thorne.

The presenter Dermot O'Leary, who hosts the talent show The X Factor, is promoting Give It Up, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development's annual Lent campaign. The appeal asks people in England and Wales to give something up and donate the money they save to support Cafod's work in fighting poverty and injustice in more than 50 countries. "You only have to give up one thing and you can make a massive difference to someone else's life," said O'Leary.

The TV presenter and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop has launched a cookbook to raise funds for the Hospice in the Weald in Kent. The Celebrating 30 Years Cookbook includes recipes from a number of celebrities, such as the former England rugby captain Phil Vickery and the singer Sir Cliff Richard.

The actor Phyllida Law, the author Sue Townsend and the paralympian Ian Rose have lent their support to National Eye Health Week, which aims to raise awareness of eye health and the need for regular sight tests.

The comedian Sue Perkins has been filmed making seven porridge dishes in aid of the charity Mary's Meals, which runs school feeding projects in developing countries. The films will be shown on the website See The Difference.

 

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