Celebrities: Karen Gillan, Lionel Blair, Keith Duffy, Danny Boyle, Steven Gerrard, Deborah Meaden

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

Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan

- The Doctor Who actor Karen Gillan, with the presenter Cat Deeley and the designer and actor Sadie Frost, is supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign. Launched on 11 April, the campaign aims to raise at least £1m through the sale of fashion items at retailers such as Marks & Spencer and River Island. "Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is about so much more than the clothes you wear - fashion is giving you the power to make a difference to the lives of 48,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year," said Gillan.

- The TV personality Lionel Blair has been appointed a patron of the British Polio Fellowship, which works to support people in the UK living with the effects of polio and post-polio syndrome. "I used to know a dancer who had polio as a child," said Blair. "She was an inspiration and I don't want people to think that when they have polio their life is over."

- The Boyzone singer and Coronation Street actor Keith Duffy visited the TreeHouse School, a specialist facility for children with autism run by the charity Ambitious about Autism. Duffy, whose daughter has autism, became a patron in February.

Deborah Meaden, Dragon's Den star- The BBC's Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden, a newly appointed ambassador of Care International, made a visit to Cambodia with the aid charity. Meaden saw how Cambodians were using loans from individuals in the UK through the charity's micro-lending website lendwithcare.org. The website allows people to lend to entrepreneurs in poor communities globally.

- The Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle and the England footballer Steven Gerrard are backing the Consortium for Street Children's Louder Together campaign. The first International Day for Street Children was held on 12 April this year and the campaign aims to establish this as an annual event.

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