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William Roache Supports PDSA.

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William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in hit ITV soap Coronation Street, is to guest-edit a commemorative newsletter that will pay tribute to Busy Bees, a children's club set up by animal charity the PDSA in 1934 and which reached the height of its popularity in the 1950s. Roache, who himself was a Busy Bee, is inviting former members of the club to take a trip down memory lane and get in touch to share their experiences.

At its height, the club boasted 200,000 members, who collected everything from blankets to milk bottle tops to help save sick and injured animals. The club has since been replaced by a new children's club, PDSA Pet Protectors.

Other famous Busy Bees have included children's author Enid Blyton, who was appointed the club's 'Queen Bee' and became a regular contributor to the newsletter.

Fern Britton, presenter of This Morning, last month launched Leonard Cheshire's first ever Tea for Ability initiative. The charity is calling on people to either host tea parties at which they ask guests to make donations, or get sponsored to make tea for colleagues. Britton said: "Have a cuppa for Leonard Cheshire; it's a great cause." The drive will take place from 2 to 10 June.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the socialite and presenter who recently won Celebrity Fame Academy, is among the celebrities to have designed a doormat to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust. Former Gardener's World host Alan Titchmarsh and designers Celia Birtwell and Lulu Guinness have also all designed doormats. They will be sold in all Heal's stores from mid June and will be launched at the re-brand of the King's Road store on 16 May. The initiative was dreamt up by Heal's as an innovative way to raise money for the charity. Palmer-Tomkinson opted for a self-portrait, and Titchmarsh designed his mat to look as if it is half is covered in mud. Just 100 mats of each design will be available.

Sophie Dahl, the supermodel, is fronting the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Dahl was photographed by Gilles Bensimon. For the first time, the campaign includes an ad specifically targeting men. Using male model James Piper and also shot by Bensimon, the advert seeks to raise awareness of the 300 men a year who are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, as well as the tens of thousands who lose female relatives to the disease.

Michelle Collins, the former EastEnders actor, is an ambassador for Barnardo's.

Collins, who is best known for playing Cindy Beale in popular television soap EastEnders, first became involved with Barnardo's in 1998, when she helped officially start its second Big Toddle. The annual event consists of a series of sponsored half-mile walks for under-fives and their parents, which take place each summer throughout the UK.

Since then, Collins has visited children and young people on a number of Barnardo's projects and attended fundraising and awareness-raising events.

She is supporting the Big Toddle again this year, and the event is expected to raise in the region of £1m.

"In the past nine years I've been lucky enough to have met many of the children and young people supported by Barnardo's," says Collins. "Many of these children have battled with extraordinary difficulties, and the difference the charity has made to their lives is truly overwhelming."

A Barnardo's spokesman says: "Michelle's efforts have proved truly invaluable to the charity."

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