Celebrities: Paul O'Grady, Jamie Baulch, Eddie Jordan, Alan Titchmarsh, Amanda Holden, Ben Fogle

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

Paul O'Grady
Paul O'Grady

TV presenter Paul O'Grady is lending his support to the British Heart Foundation's Big Donation appeal this month. The campaign aims to bring in 400,000 bags of stock for BHF charity shops, which would raise the equivalent of £8m for the organisation. "I've had two heart attacks, so the BHF has always been a cause very close to me - which is why I'd like to encourage people to donate this September as part of the UK's biggest-ever stock appeal," O'Grady says. The appeal is also being backed by the presenter Coleen Nolan and the designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Athlete Jamie Baulch, who won a silver medal with the 4x400m relay team in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has become an ambassador for Barnardo's Cymru. He said: "I am delighted and honoured to accept this role because the charity's work makes such a difference to the lives of children, young people and families living on the margins of society who are struggling to overcome the disadvantages caused by poverty, abuse and discrimination."

Formula One pundit Eddie Jordan will open a new home run by the young people's cancer charity Clic Sargent on 30 September. Paul's House is a 16-bedroom property that will provide free accommodation for the families of children and young people having treatment for cancer and leukaemia in London.

TV gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh opened a new garden at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes, south-west London, on 15 September. The centre is run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, a conservation charity that aims to save wetlands.

A charity day was organised by brokers BGC Partners to tie in with the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, which claimed the lives of 658 employees at its affiliate firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Famous faces joined brokers in London and New York to conduct transactions, which raised more then $10m (£6.4m) for 75 charities, 26 of which are UK-based. Among the celebrities to attend were the actress Amanda Holden, the presenters Johnny Vaughan and Jonathan Ross, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the chef Gordon Ramsay.

The presenter Ben Fogle and the Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens entered a 5km barefoot run in London's Battersea Park to raise cash for the tree-planting group Trees for Cities.


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