Celebrities: Hugh Dennis, Nina Hossain, Ricky Gervais, Chrissie Hynde and Dame Judi Dench

Famous names support their favourite causes this week

Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench

Outnumbered actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, who supported the Alzheimer's Society in last year's Bupa Great South Run, is recruiting people to run for the charity in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in September.

ITN newsreader Nina Hossain will also be heading to Sheffield to take part. The charity has been nominated by Bupa as its good cause for the second year in a row.

Comedian Ricky Gervais and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde are backing a Buav campaign to end the practice of testing botox on mice. The charity, which campaigns against animal experiments, says the procedure is "one of the cruellest and most controversial".

Former Coronation Street actor and Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Craig Kelly has delivered a petition, shaped like a giant toilet roll, to the Communities and Local Government department on behalf of the Changing Places, Changing Lives campaign, run by a coalition of charities and public bodies, including Mencap and Nottingham City Council. It calls for fully accessible toilets in all large public buildings.

Charlie Brooks, who plays Janine Butcher in EastEnders, spent £20 with Healthy Planet instead of buying Christmas cards. The online conservation charity's £20+0=£29 scheme encourages parents to spend £20 'adopting' a plot in a conservation area somewhere in the world. Healthy Planet then gives at least £9 back to their child's school in the form of a 'healthy learning' grant.

The Oscar-winning actor Dame Judi Dench is urging people to recycle Christmas cards with the Woodland Trust this month and choose where they would like the conservation charity to plant new trees. The public can put cards in bins at high street stores WHSmith, TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer then choose online the UK region they would like to benefit.

Dench said: "We all enjoy giving and receiving Christmas cards, and thanks to the Woodland Trust there is the chance for a second giving and receiving opportunity this year."

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