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Former news reader John Suchet helps launch the Royal London Society for the Blind's Access Technology service

Saira Khan
Saira Khan

John Suchet, former news reader on ITV's News at Ten, launched the Royal London Society for the Blind's Access Technology service at St Thomas' Hospital last month The scheme will allow people with visual impairments to try equipment and software that helps them to use computers. The RLSB will provide an expert for half a day every month to demonstrate equipment and provide guidance. The charity will also provide patients with access to its employment service and IT training programmes. Suchet said: "It is shocking that almost three in four visually impaired people of working age do not work."

Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox 20, visited Battersea Dogs & Cats Home earlier this month after setting up his own charity in the US to help care for lost and abandoned animals. He said: "I've seen how the recession has affected animals and pets in America, so it's great to see the fantastic work that Battersea Dogs & Cats Home does on a day-to-day level."

Former boxer Joe Calzaghe, The X-Factor finalists JLS, former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton and comedian Omid Djalili were among the famous faces that took part in the Soccer Sixes football tournament at Chelsea Football Club in support of Samaritans during the bank holiday weekend. The tournament was won by a team from indie rock band Babyshambles, minus frontman Pete Doherty.

SAIRA KHAN

Khan, runner-up in the first series of BBC reality show The Apprentice and presenter of CBBC's Beat the Boss, is the face of Action Medical Research's Bring Your Bear fundraising event, which runs throughout June. The charity is asking schools and nurseries to choose one day on which children can bring their teddy bears or favourite soft toys into class in return for a £1 donation. The money raised will go towards the charity's Touching Tiny Lives appeal, which has a fundraising target of £200,000.

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