Celebrities: Jo Whiley, Keira Knightley, Ricky Gervais, Sandi Toksvig

Famous names supporting causes this week

The BBC Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley is backing a campaign to improve access to short breaks for disabled children.

The Be the Big Difference campaign was part of Share the Care Week, which took place from 7 to 14 March and was run by the Shared Care Network. Whiley has a sister with learning disabilities. "We grew up together and there were times when it was really difficult," she said. "Life would have been a lot easier if there had been people there just to take Frances out, even for a couple of hours." The campaign is backed by other celebrities, including TV presenter Amanda Holden, actor Liza Goddard and 1992 Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie.

- Actors Keira Knightley and James Purefoy and singers Annie Lennox and Beverley Knight are among the celebrities to have appeared in a short film made by Amnesty International. It calls on the Government to make maternal health a priority in its international development assistance.

- Radio station Heart FM recruited various celebrities to support the first appeal of its newly launched charity, Have a Heart. Big music names including Gabriella Cilmi, Lemar, Toni Braxton, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Pixie Lott and the Sugababes all made guest appearances on the station during the appeal, which ran from 15 to 19 March. The money raised will be donated to the Starlight Children's Foundation.

- Comedian Ricky Gervais is supporting the Variety Club's Gold Hearts Appeal to raise money for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children. Gervais posed for a photo wearing a T-shirt promoting the appeal.

- Broadcaster Sandi Toksvig will host a comedy night at the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames to launch the Linda Smith Memorial Fund, set up by Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of the comedian, who died of ovarian cancer in 2006. The event is on 9 May.

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