Celebrities: Frank Bruno, Sam Warburton, Ryan Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kumar Sangakkara, Hannah Spearritt, Suzanne Dando

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

Frank Bruno with Bertie
Frank Bruno with Bertie

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno was on hand to open the annual summer show of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's on 5 June. Bruno, pictured with Bertie, one of the charity's hearing dogs, also spent time meeting some of the event's visitors. The show marked the beginning of Hearing Dogs Week, established to raise awareness of the charity's work. "It was a pleasure to be invited along to the summer show and great to meet so many wonderful people ahead of Hearing Dogs Week," said Bruno.

Welsh rugby union players including Sam Warburton, Ryan Jones and Dan Lydiate gave their backing to Diabetes UK Cymru in advance of Diabetes Week, which runs from 12 to 18 June and aims to raise awareness of the condition.

The adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has become an ambassador for Seeing is Believing, a joint initiative of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Standard Chartered Bank to tackle avoidable blindness.

The Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara visited the headquarters of the sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust this month to meet service users from several groups that support people with HIV. These included the African Health Policy Network, HIVsport, YMCA Positive Health and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Hannah SpearrittThe actor and former S Club singer Hannah Spearritt is supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation's attempt to break the world record for the largest pass-the-parcel package, with one that measures 3.35 metres long and 2.4 metres wide. She waved it off from London on 7 June at the start of a 1,680-mile tour of the UK on the back of a lorry. Layers of the parcel will be unwrapped at 25 places, including Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol and Edinburgh, over a 10-day period.

The Children's Trust has appointed the sports presenter and former gymnast Suzanne Dando as a vice-president. She will help to raise awareness of the charity's work and services.


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