Celebrities: Jimi Mistry, Nigel Mansell, Dermot Murnaghan, Adam Johnson, Ann Widdecombe

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

Jimi Mistry
Jimi Mistry

- The actor Jimi Mistry visited Rwanda with ActionAid and met children growing up without mothers or fathers. The visit was to raise awareness of the development charity's child sponsorship programme. "ActionAid's child sponsorship programme is part of what makes people happy because it doesn't work only for one child, but also changes the lives of whole families and communities forever," he said.

- The former Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell has launched a national road safety initiative for young people on behalf of the charity UK Youth. The Road Code programme - launched in Canary Wharf, London - will involve volunteers staging road safety seminars across the UK. "It's vitally important that young people understand the hazards of being a road user," said Mansell.

Dermot Murnaghan - The newsreader and presenter Dermot Murnaghan was one of 140 cyclists to complete the first UK End2End ride for the children's charity Action Medical Research. Participants rode an average of 115 miles a day for nine days as they travelled from Land's End to John O'Groats.

- Adam Johnson, the Manchester City and England footballer, has given his backing to the Giving in Memory initiative by the mental health charity Mind. Dale Roberts, who was a goalkeeper for Rushden & Diamonds and a friend of Johnson, committed suicide in December 2010. "Mental health problems affect all of us in different ways", said Johnson. "If you have lost someone through mental distress, Mind can provide help and support to you, your family and your friends."

- The former politician Ann Widdecombe has launched an Action on Hearing Loss campaign to encourage people to get their hearing checked. The charity officially changed its name from the RNID on 9 June, which was its 100th anniversary.

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