Celebrities: Louis Theroux, Alec Stewart, Dawn Porter, Joanna Lumley, Rachel Shenton, Shay Given

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

Louis Theroux
Louis Theroux

- The broadcaster Louis Theroux has been appointed a celebrity ambassador by Youyou Mentoring, a charity that helps disadvantaged and unemployed young people develop careers. Theroux took part in a photo shoot in Kilburn, north London, with unemployed young photographers. "Youyou's young protégés are charming and clearly bursting with talent," said Theroux.

- Alec Stewart, the former England cricket captain, has launched a cricket ticket giveaway for hospices. Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks have donated 500 tickets for Clydesdale Bank 40 cricket matches to hospices that will use them to give patients, their families and volunteers some rare days out. "I'm delighted to launch a programme that makes a difference to hospices," said Stewart.

- Actor Rachel ShentonRachel Shenton, Rob Norbury and Craig Vye, who all appear in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, took part in a skydive in Oxfordshire in aid of the National Deaf Children's Society. "The skydive was the most incredible thing I've experienced," said Shenton. "The cause is close to my heart and I encourage everyone to get behind the NDCS."

- The TV presenter and journalist Dawn Porter is among the celebrities encouraging the public to host Cake Time parties at home, baking cakes to raise money for the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Among the other celebrities to have shared their cake recipes in aid of the cause are the actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley and the television presenter Sarah Beeny. "Shelter's work is vital in helping people who don't have a decent and safe place to live, and there is no easier way to show support than having a Cake Time party," said Porter.

- Shay Given, the Manchester City and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, and his wife, Jane, will host a fashion show called Fashion Kicks on 15 May in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Beechwood Centre for Cancer Care and the primary school food education programme Adopt a School. "All of the charities make a real difference to the lives of so many people every day," said Given.


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