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Rolf Harris supports the International Fund for Animal Welfare

He once sang Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, but now Rolf Harris, the artist, singer and television presenter, has turned his attention to seals and is helping the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Harris wrote the poem Slaughter on the Ice about commercial seal hunting in Canada 35 years ago. After learning that the problem is more acute than ever, Harris has now turned the poem into a song, which can be downloaded from the internet. All the proceeds will go to the charity.

Harris says: "When I first saw the graphic images of seals being killed, I was horrified at the needless barbarity. Now the killing is on an even bigger scale, with more than 350,000 animals killed in 2006. "I hope that people will listen to my song and help end this slaughter."

Esther Rantzen is a new patron of children's hospice Rainbows, which recently launched an appeal to raise £4m for additional facilities for young people.

Rantzen, who founded ChildLine, said: "I am delighted to become a patron for Rainbows at such an exciting time, and look forward to seeing it expand." Patricia Brookes, director of fundraising at Rainbows, said: "Esther has taken the time to come along to talk to staff and hospice users. After seeing what we do, she agreed to become a patron."

Phil Spencer, presenter of Channel 4 series Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation, organised a fundraising auction that raised more than £5,000 for homelessness charity Broadway. The auction was held by Garrington, the estate agency where Spencer is chief executive and which gives Broadway a percentage of its transaction fees.

Snow Patrol, the rock band from Northern Ireland, are donating royalties from their fourth single, Open Your Eyes, to Save the Children. The money, which the band's record company, Polydor, has agreed to match, will go to Save the Children's Rewrite the Future campaign. Rewrite the Future aims to provide education for children affected by war.

Sian Lloyd, the weather presenter, led the Welsh launch of Fill in the Gaps, a campaign organised by deaf-blind charity Sense to encourage local authorities to be more aware of the plight of elderly people who are losing their sight and hearing. Lloyd said: "Ageist attitudes often mean that sensory loss in old age is seen as an inevitable part of the ageing process."

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