Celebrities

This week, journalist Andrew Marr, broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and British cyclist Chris Hoy

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry

TV presenter and political commentator Andrew Marr and naturalist Sir David Attenborough attended a fundraising dinner for the Galapagos Conservation Trust at Christ's College, Cambridge, earlier this month. "The Galapagos Islands are home to many unique species," said Marr, who is president of the trust. "But they are very delicate and there is huge pressure on them because of tourism, development and the introduction of invasive species. That is why, having been to the islands once, I promise never to go back."

Chris Hoy, the British cyclist who won three gold medals at the Olympics in Beijing last summer, has been made an ambassador of Scottish mental health charity SAMH. "Achieving three gold medals in Beijing was made physically possible by years of training," said Hoy. "But my mental health was critical to realising my dream."

STEPHEN FRY

Supports: Great Fen Project

Fry, the host of BBC2 comedy quiz show QI, is backing the Great Fen Project to restore fenland habitat between Huntingdon and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The aim of the initiative is to create a 9,000-acre fenland for the benefit of wildlife and nature enthusiasts.

Fry will help launch the project at this year's Rosenblatt New Energy Awards - which recognise organisations that have made significant contributions to conserving the environment - at the Natural History Museum in London on 25 February.

He will read out a letter he has written for the launch. It says: "The project is one of the most exciting conservation efforts in England and will protect land for our children and future generations to enjoy. We have secured nearly 60 per cent of the land already. Imagine walking for miles through grasslands, woods and meadows without seeing a road."

The project has also teamed up with the Healthy Planet Foundation, which will ask guests at the launch to pay to 'adopt' areas of the fenland, with the money raised going to the appeal.

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