Celebrities

This week, Coldplay join the Killers to play a concert in aid of War Child, and actresses Lynda Bellingham and Rosamund Pike become ambassadors for children's charity Barnado's

- Coldplay and The Killers will play a concert in aid of War Child on 18 February at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. The gig, which will be held directly after the appearance of both bands at the Brit Awards on the same evening, is intended to celebrate the 15th anniversary of War Child's birth and the release of the charity's Heroes album on 16 February.

- Actors Rosamund Pike, Lynda Bellingham, Nina Wadia, Lorraine Ashbourne and Christopher Biggins, television presenter Melinda Messenger and pop singer Heather Small have been made ambassadors for children's charity Barnardo's.

- Singer Jimmy Osmond, currently starring as the Teen Angel in the London production of Grease, helped to launch the Children's Miracle Network in the UK last month. The charity raises funds for and awareness of children's hospitals.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON

Supports: New Children's Hospital Appeal

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is backing the New Children's Hospital Appeal's Big T-Break initiative. The appeal to fund the development of a new children's hospital in Manchester is asking supporters to hold their own coffee and tea mornings to help raise its target of £20m.

Fundraisers registered with the appeal will be entered in a prize draw, with the winner meeting Ferguson for a cup of tea at Manchester United's Carrington training ground. The money raised will go towards new state-of-the-art buildings that will provide accommodation for parents while their children are receiving treatment.

The hospital is expected to open this year. The prize draw takes place on 6 March.

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