Celebrities: Pamela Stephenson, Lynda Bellingham, Gethin Jones, Darren Gough, Barry McGuigan, Mike Gatting, Matt Perry

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

Pamela Stephenson
Pamela Stephenson

- Pamela Stephenson, the psychologist and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, ran 10km for the charity Women for Women International, which helps women in war-affected areas. She competed in the event in London's Regents Park on 3 April, as part of the charity's Run for Congo appeal - a series of fundraising events to support the charity's work in the country. "When I visited Congo recently, I saw first hand that violence and insecurity are still daily realities for women who have often lost their children, husbands, homes and communities and who live in poverty," Stephenson said.

- The actor and presenter Lynda Bellingham is backing a campaign by the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, which is encouraging women to donate old bras. The bras are sold to buyers in developing countries to raise funds.

- Five celebrities flew to Lesotho last week to help the charity Riders for Health. The presenter Gethin Jones, the former cricketer Darren Gough and the actors Shobna Gulati, Jill Halfpenny and Oliver Mellor were due to join local health workers who deliver supplies by motorbike to remote villages to treat HIV and tuberculosis.

Former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan- The former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan has been appointed patron of a new appeal by the cancer charity Clic Sargent. It aims to raise £4m to build two 'homes from home' in Belfast - accommodation near hospitals where families can stay while their children are receiving cancer treatment. McGuigan's daughter, Danika, survived leukaemia when she was 11 years old.

 - The former England cricket captain Mike Gatting and the former England rugby player Matt Perry joined schoolchildren from the Stewart Hedlam School in Bethnal Green, east London, to promote a venture by the charities SOS Kit Aid and the Lord's Taverners, which donates used rugby and cricket kit to disadvantaged young people in the UK and overseas.

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