Celebrities: Mariella Frostrup, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Konnie Huq, Alfie Boe, Baroness Ruth Rendell

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

Mariella Frostrup
Mariella Frostrup

- Journalist and TV presenter Mariella Frostrup will act as host at the Technology4Good awards, which are run by AbilityNet, a charity that adapts technology for use by disabled people. The awards, which will be held on 7 June, reward charities, businesses, schools, government and members of the public who have used technology in innovative and diverse ways.

- The actor Catherine Zeta-Jones is backing a National Trust campaign to purchase a 600-acre upland farm in Snowdonia, north Wales. Llyndy Isaf lies in the Nant Gwynant valley beauty spot. A total of £500,000 has been raised so far, but £1m is needed to secure the farm. "We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect Llyndy Isaf for future generations," Zeta-Jones said. "If we don't act now, the threat of commercial development could spoil the tranquility of this special part of Snowdonia".

- The TV presenter Konnie Huq is supporting the disaster relief charity ShelterBox's Big Box and Buy campaign, which Konnie Huqasks the public to sell unwanted items, such as clothing, technology and furniture, to raise money for disaster relief efforts in Japan, Haiti and Pakistan. "I hope we can encourage as many people as possible," Huq said.

- The tenor Alfie Boe has visited Nordoff Robbins' music therapy centre in north-west London to meet children receiving treatment and their therapists. Boe said: "The work Nordoff Robbins does - using music to give something back, to give people hope when they need it most - is inspiring."

- The novelist Baroness Ruth Rendell has been appointed vice-president of the children's heart charity Little Hearts Matter, which supports children born with non-correctable and complex heart conditions. "I have a soft spot for charities that help children," she said. "I try putting myself into the shoes of these children's parents. I have, as you might guess, a pretty active imagination - and although I don't come near entering into their fear or feeling with their love, I do manage a degree of empathy."

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