Celebrity watch

Chef Raymond Blanc is showing his support for Action Against Hunger, while author Sebastian Faulks launches Book Aid International's new campaign

Be a giver: Fabregas (left) with patient Gemma Ozdemir
Be a giver: Fabregas (left) with patient Gemma Ozdemir

Fabregas, the Arsenal and Spain footballer, joined his club manager Arsene Wenger and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey to launch Arsenal's season-long partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust last month.

The Be a Gooner, Be a Giver campaign will involve Arsenal players, supporters and staff raising money to help fund the trust's unit in a new day care centre for cancer patients at University College Hospital, London.

The club hopes to raise £300,000 to fund an education zone at the unit, which will make it easier for teenagers and young people to keep up with their studies while they are undergoing treatment.

Simon Davies, chief executive of the trust, said, "We're incredibly excited about working with Arsenal - their support will be of great benefit to the many young cancer patients who will be treated at the new day care centre in London each year."

- Sebastian Faulks, author of Devil May Care, the new James Bond novel published to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Bond creator Ian Fleming, will launch Book Aid International's new campaign next week. Books Change Lives has been set up to raise £5m over the next three years and send 750,000 books a year to community libraries and schools in sub-Saharan Africa.

- Chefs Raymond Blanc, Fergus Henderson and Shane Osborn will challenge a team of 10 food critics from The Observer, The Guardian and the London Evening Standard to serve a five-course dinner at the Royal Exchange Grand Cafe and Bar in London in aid of Action Against Hunger on 19 October. The team will be marked on the quality of their dishes, and the chefs will be challenged to identify the cut and breed of various porks and to name five prestigious cheeses. A charity auction will be held between courses, featuring plates designed by Henderson and fellow chefs Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay.

- Former archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu visited the Donna Louise Children's Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent last month. He was taken on a tour of the centre before joining some of the children for an interactive storytelling session.

- Actor and comedian Rob Brydon will host Cardiff-based children's hospice Ty Hafan's Butterfly Ball at Cafe Royal in London in November. Weather presenter Sian Lloyd, patron of the hospice, will also attend the fundraiser. "Ty Hafan is a great reason to feel proud of being Welsh and it's a real honour to host this event," said Brydon.

- Film and stage actor Simon Callow is an ambassador for Live Music Now.

Callow, who played Gareth in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral and appeared on stage in A Festival Dickens at this year's Edinburgh Festival, became an ambassador for Live Music Now last month.

The charity provides live music in venues such as schools for children with special needs, centres for adults with physical and learning disabilities, homes for older people, young offenders institutions, prisons, hospitals and hospices. Callow first encountered the organisation when he attended one of its concerts in February at a care home where one of his relatives was a resident.

"Music should be as widely and as easily accessible as possible," says Callow, who intends to visit the charity's workshops and concerts over the coming year. "I admire Live Music Now's commitment, enthusiasm and expertise. It brings the uplifting power of music to people in all walks of life and allows them to know the emotion and strength that music can bring."

 

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