Celebrity watch

Spotted this week: rock band The Enemy planted trees on a housing estate in Stockwell, Prunella Scales launched Cats Protection's Rescue Cat Awards and Radio 1 DJ Richard McCourt became an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.

Radio 1 DJ Richard McCourt
Radio 1 DJ Richard McCourt

Richard McCourt, half of Radio 1's comedy duo Dick & Dom, joined the Alzheimer's Society as a patron last month after being involved with the charity since 2006. He has completed the London to Paris Bike Ride, the Great Wall of China Trek and the Bupa Great Manchester Run to raise money for the society.

"Because a family member is affected by dementia, I know from experience how the society supports people with the disease and their carers by providing information, advice and funding research into a cure for this devastating condition," says McCourt. "Training for fundraising runs and cycle rides is a hard slog, but it's a fantastic way to raise funds for a worthwhile cause that is close to my heart."

Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, says: "Richard will play a crucial part in raising public awareness about the impact of dementia, which is so much more than memory loss. I look forward to seeing the next challenge he takes up to help support people with dementia."


British rock band The Enemy planted trees on a housing estate in Stockwell, south London, last week as part of a project run by environmental charity Trees for Cities and backed by vinvolved, the new youth volunteering initiative from v.

The band also announced they will headline v's free Ballroom Blitz gig in London on 30 April to encourage fans to volunteer for the new £75m scheme. Fans can register at www.vinvolved.com for tickets.

Hundreds of vinvolved projects across the country have opened their doors to get 16 to 25-year-olds involved, offering opportunities in areas such as music, mentoring, sport and the environment.

"Giving up a bit of our time opened our eyes to the difference volunteers can make to people's lives," says Tom Clarke, lead singer of The Enemy. "Young people get a bad press, but schemes such as this are challenging that negative image."

 

The car raced by Formula 1 driver David Coulthard in last year's British Grand Prix was sold for £165,400 in an auction on eBay last month in aid of the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation. The Red Bull team's RB3 car featured thousands of photographs of fans who had paid for images of their faces to be put on the car's bodywork to raise money for the charity.

 

Actor Ricky Groves, who plays Garry Hobbs in BBC soap EastEnders, is backing cricket charity the Lord's Taverners' annual National Table Cricket Competition, supported by the Disability Sports Appeal. The competition, which gives more than 400 disabled and special needs children throughout the country the chance to compete against one another, began at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in Bristol last week.

 

Actors William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in ITV1 soap Coronation Street, and Prunella Scales, best known for her role as Sybil Fawlty in BBC comedy Fawlty Towers, launched Cats Protection's Rescue Cat Awards last month. Owners have until 27 May to enter their moggie in one of four categories: Hero Cat, for cats that have saved the day; Ultimate Survivor, for cats with survival stories; Best Friends, for a cat that has improved the quality of someone's life; and Most Incredible Story.

 

Simon Amstell, the comedian and host of BBC Two quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks, performed at the One Big Laugh gig last month in aid of the Mental Health Foundation. The gig, at London's Bloomsbury Theatre, also featured performances from comics Rich Hall and writer and presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli. It raised more than £10,000.

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