Entertainer Lionel Blair has teamed up with Age UK to urge people to "spread the warmth" through simple acts of kindness. Blair is asking people to spin his 'Wheel of Warmth', found on Age UK's website, which will generate a suggestion on how to help people in the community, perhaps by carrying heavy bags for someone or babysitting for a friend. "January can be pretty chilly, but it doesn't have to be a miserable month," said Blair. "Spin my wheel to get an act of kindness that will warm up your winter - and help Age UK break the ice for older people."
Luol Deng, the British basketball star who plays for the Chicago Bulls, has become an ambassador for the children's charity SHS. The charity helps vulnerable children and young people overcome barriers to their learning. "SHS makes a significant difference to the lives of thousands of vulnerable people," said Deng. "By intervening at an early stage, SHS practitioners prevent their problems from turning into more serious, long-term issues."
The presenters Fearne Cotton and Sir Michael Parkinson, the actor Joanna Lumley, the tennis star Tim Henman and the comedian Vic Reeves are among more than 200 celebrities who have put pen to paper to create doodles that will be auctioned off for two UK neurological charities. The annual event raises money for Epilepsy Action and the Neurofibromatosis Association. The auction, which will take place on the website eBay, will begin on National Doodle Day, 11 February, and run for 10 days.
The Manchester City football players Gareth Barry and Stuart Taylor are lending their support to the Big T-Break event for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, which asks supporters to hold tea breaks on 25 February to raise funds. People holding a T-Break will be entered in a draw to win a meeting with the two footballers.