Celebrity watch

Rosamund Pike tries her hand at trading to raise cash for Barnados, while singer Charlotte Church donates her dress to HIV/AIDS charity the Topsy Foundation

For your ears only: Pike takes a call on the trading floor
For your ears only: Pike takes a call on the trading floor

Supports: Barnardo's

Actor Pike, who played double agent Miranda Frost in the Bond film Die Another Day, was part of an array of Barnardo's celebrity supporters who joined brokers on the trading floor of BGC in London last week.

The brokerage firm has held an annual charity day at its Canary Wharf offices since the World Trade Centre attacks in New York in September 2001. Its worldwide profits from the day go to a charity nominated by BGC's staff in memory of the people who died in the attacks. For the second year running, Barnardo's was chosen as a beneficiary, so the children's charity sent down some of its famous supporters to give the BGC traders a morale boost.

Pike was joined by actors Andrew Lincoln, Christopher Biggins and Andy Serkis, England rugby star James Haskell and model Laura Bailey. The celebrities mingled and chatted with BGC employees, answered phones and tried their luck at trading.

- Sir Richard Branson is supporting CSV in its call to businesses encouraging their employees to volunteer for the charity's Make a Difference Day on 25 October. Thousands of people are expected to take part, giving time rather than money to help local communities. "In business, if something frustrates me, I try to change it," says Branson. "You can change something in your community by getting involved in Make a Difference Day."

Prince William has agreed to be patron of A Positive View, an exhibition of photography from around the world that will be held at the Proud Gallery in London in 2010 to raise money for homelessness charity Crisis. "This is a hugely important showcase of international creative photographic works," says the prince. "I am particularly glad that Crisis, one of the UK's leading homelessness charities, will benefit from the exhibition and ensuing auction."

Singer and chat show host Charlotte Church has donated a dress to HIV/Aids charity the Topsy Foundation, which the charity is auctioning on eBay to raise funds for its work in South Africa's most under-resourced rural communities.

Matt Duke, goalkeeper for Premier League newcomers Hull City, is taking part in the Everyman Cancer Campaign's TacheBack initiative. It encourages men to get sponsored to grow a moustache in September and thus raise money for the testicular cancer charity. Duke, himself a testicular cancer survivor, has persuaded some team mates and Phil Brown, the club's manager, to take part.

 

Our famous names

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey is a supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Daltrey, the lead singer and founder of The Who, helped launch the Teenage Cancer Trust's partnership with Arsenal Football Club last month.

"I'm so proud that Arsenal, a life-long obsession of mine, will be supporting the trust, a cause I have been championing for many years," he said at the launch.

Daltrey's involvement with the charity started in 2000 with the trust's first fundraising concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where he performed with The Who. He found out about the trust through his doctor, who is the trust's chair and encouraged him to get involved. Daltrey has produced all of the trust's concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and helped raise awareness of its work.

"Roger has helped us not only to raise a huge amount of money, but also to create a great deal of awareness about the trust," says Lucy Jackson, director of communications at the charity. "We couldn't hope for a better advocate for our cause - he continues to be an inspiration to all of the patients he meets."

 

 

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