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Hard-Fi and Dirty Pretty Things support Youth Music.

Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham

Hit bands Hard-Fi and Dirty Pretty Things are backing Revolting Youth, the latest campaign by Youth Music, the charity that provides music-making opportunities for young people.

Designer Katharine Hamnett, who is best known for her iconic T-shirts, has designed a range of limited-edition T-shirts carrying the words Revolting Youth. The T-shirts cost £25, all of which goes to the charity, and have been created in support of Youth Music's Build a Band initiative, designed to encourage young people to use music to develop a political voice.

The charity held a competition for aspiring musicians, who were asked to send in demos. The winners will write a song with Hard-Fi and singer Billy Bragg, which they will perform at the Leftfield stage at the Glastonbury Festival later this month.

Jo Brand, the comedian and former psychiatric nurse, earlier this month opened Bonkersfest, a one-day festival in Camberwell, south London, featuring music, poetry and comedy, and organised by local charity Creative Routes. The arts charity is run by and for people with mental health problems. Back to Life, a London mentoring scheme for young men recovering from mental health issues, also had a stall at the festival.

Liverpool band 10 Reasons to Live will donate 50 per cent of the profits from their latest single, Pretty Girls Rule The World, to the Willow Foundation, one of the nominated charities on the reality TV show WAGS Boutique. The foundation was set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and organises days out for seriously ill young adults.

Miranda Richardson, the actor, has travelled to Alaska to support the World Society for the Protection of Animals' campaign to put an end to whaling. She says: "My concern is that this is an extremely delicate time and anything that we can do, beginning with banning commercial whaling, will help to ensure their future. Whaling is inexcusable and causes almost unimaginable agony."

Rula Lenska, former Celebrity Big Brother contestant and actor, helped raise more than £65,000 for the Children's Society on a trek to the Himalayas. She personally raised almost £6,000, and even gave up smoking to prepare for the trek to Dharamsala, home of India's exiled Tibetan community. Lenska says: "I wanted to do something spiritual and meaningful."

Lynda Bellingham has been a Stroke Association supporter for three years.

The actor became involved with the charity after both her parents had strokes. Her mother had vascular dementia, which can cause lots of smaller strokes over a long period of time, and her father had two or three mini-strokes.

She hosted the Life After Stroke Awards at Claridge's hotel in London last month. The awards recognise the achievements of people whose lives have been affected by strokes.

Bellingham did several interviews to publicise the awards and has also helped raise awareness of the charity's work. She said: "It is fundamentally important that people feel recognised for their achievements, and the people I met really deserved to be given awards for fighting back after strokes."

Andrea Lane, media manager at the Stroke Association, says: "Lynda is a fantastic ambassador for the charity."


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