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This week, Fern Britton helps out homelessness charity Centrepoint

Fern Britton
Fern Britton

Television presenter Fern Britton is lending her support to London-based homelessness charity Centrepoint. The face of ITV's This Morning has agreed to give a monthly donation to the charity's Sponsor a Room scheme and to urge others to do the same. "They say that into every life a little rain must fall," she said. "But for young homeless people it must seem like a flood of suffering that's never going to end. Sometimes we all need a little helping hand, don't we?" Mayor of London Boris Johnson will be the guest of honour at the Jewish Museum's fundraising dinner, which takes place this week. "The Jewish Museum is a fascinating hub of history that has a strong social relevance to many important issues in London today," he said. "It's the perfect example of London's glorious heritage."

Formula One driver Jenson Button is giving a signed race suit to the National Blind Children's Society so it can be put up for auction on the charity's website. Button said: "The NBCS is about winners. Children who are blind or visually impaired can be champions every day of their lives."

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (left) has donated a signed acoustic guitar to the Parkinson's Disease Society. He gave the guitar to his local Worcester and district branch, which will auction it at a fundraising dinner to raise money for physiotherapy and respite breaks for carers. A Parkinson's Disease Society spokeswoman said it was the first time Plant had supported the charity.

SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was among the celebrities welcomed into the NSPCC's 'hall of fame' in a ceremony at the House of Commons earlier this month. Michael Gove, the shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, presented the awards at the ceremony, which recognised celebrities' contributions to ending child cruelty. Other famous people honoured at the awards included TV presenter Fiona Bruce and Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones. They join actress Dame Judi Dench, artist Tracey Emin and former footballer Alan Shearer in the charity's hall of fame.

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