Celebrities: Julia Bradbury raises awareness for the homeless

Plus: Dinner with Ray Winstone, cupcakes with Paul Hollywood, Tim Vine and the Wizard of Oz and more

Julia Bradbury
Julia Bradbury

The presenter Julia Bradbury fronted an appeal on BBC One for the homelessness charity Church Housing Trust. Street Buddies is a peer mentoring programme based in Westminster that enlists former rough sleepers to help people on the street make use of support services and build skills and confidence. Bradbury, who spent a week sleeping rough for a documentary, said life on the streets was lonely and exhausting.

The actor Ray Winstone offered the opportunity to have dinner with him as a prize in a raffle to raise funds for Haven House Children's Hospice in Essex. Winstone, who is a patron of the charity, pledged to eat with the winner at Smith's in Ongar, his favourite fish restaurant.

The overseas disability charity CBM UK has received the backing of Joanna Lumley for its work to end obstetric fistula. The condition, which is caused by prolonged obstructed labour without medical support, can leave a woman with a hole between her vagina and rectum or bladder, causing her to leak urine and/or faeces. "No woman should have to endure this terrible condition, especially as it can nearly always be treated with surgery," said the actor.

The singer and presenter Aled Jones helped at the Salvation Army shop in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, as part of a bid to encourage more people to volunteer for the charity.

The actor and comedian Stephen Fry has given his support to libraries as part of a campaign run by the charity the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. "Libraries are where minds flourish and grow," he said. "They are like a kind of water supply. Without libraries, a country can become a kind of desert."

The British Heart Foundation has appointed the former athlete Roger Black as a research ambassador. Black, diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of 11, said he supported the charity because the research it funds was for families like his own.

The former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has unveiled Yorkshire Air Ambulance's new helicopter. The new aircraft is the first of two that the charity is buying and which will replace its existing pair of helicopters over the next year.

The actor Pam Ferris, star of The Darling Buds of May, Rosemary & Thyme and Call The Midwife, has given her backing to a campaign run by the Stroke Association, which calls for more support for the carers of people affected by the condition.

The comedian Tim Vine hosted a Wizard of Oz-themed dinner on behalf of the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. The event raised more than £63,000 for the charity.

The Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell hosted an afternoon tea at the Dorchester in London for sick children supported by Shooting Star Chase. Thirteen children with life-limiting conditions and their families took part in the event, which was also attended by the comedian David Walliams and the actors Dame Joan Collins and Samantha Bond. Cowell is vice-president of the charity.

The comedian Marcus Brigstocke, who suffered from mental health issues as a child, presented an appeal on BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the children's mental health charity Partnership for Children.

Famous faces including the news presenter Nicholas Owen, the actors Nathaniel Parker and Kerry Howard and Steph and Dom Parker from Gogglebox attended an awards ceremony run by the charity Young Epilepsy.

The swimmer Michael Jamieson took part in a triathlon at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire to raise funds for the blood cancer charity Bloodwise. One of Jamieson's close friends lost his mother to leukaemia last year.

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