Celebrities: Rob Brydon, Clarissa Dickson Wright, Simon Cowell, Rachel Shenton, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jo Pavey

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

Comedian Rob Brydon
Comedian Rob Brydon

Comedian Rob Brydon, a patron of Tenovus since last summer, has voiced a series of radio advertisements for the Welsh cancer charity. The adverts, which are being broadcast across Wales on Real Radio, feature real-life accounts from Christine Benson and Hywel Jones, two Tenovus service users. They form part of an awareness campaign to encourage patients and families to use its cancer support services. A related bus campaign will also take the patients' stories across Wales.

The food writer Clarissa Dickson Wright, best known for being one of the Two Fat Ladies in the BBC cookery show, will be making an appeal for the eye care charity SeeAbility during two broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 on 13 and 17 February. She became interested in the charity, formerly known as the Royal School for the Blind, after suffering from cataracts a few years ago.

Jo PaveyThe athlete Jo Pavey, a 5,000-metre Commonwealth Games silver medallist, has become a running ambassador for the children's charity Dreams Come True, which derives a large proportion of its income from running events. In her role, she will give advice and support.

The music mogul Simon Cowell, patron of Children's Hospices UK, is backing the Have a Heart Appeal, organised by the radio station Heart. It aims to provide each of 28 hospices with funding for a nurse to deliver care and support in families' homes, and a Mini each to help them get there. The appeal week runs from 28 February to 4 March.

The actor Rachel Shenton, who plays Mitzeee Minniver in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, is taking her first skydive on 26 March in Bicester, Oxfordshire, in aid of the National Deaf Children's Society. Her late father was deaf for the final two years of his life. Shenton began learning British Sign Language at the age of 16.

The singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who gave birth to two sons prematurely at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, is backing a campaign for a new children's centre at the site. The Children's Sunshine Appeal hopes to raise £5m towards a £45m unit. "My boys are now both thriving, which is a testament to the expert care and attention they received as babies," she said. "The new paediatric unit will help to make sure every child continues to receive the best possible start in life."

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