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Princes William and Harry support the Diana Award

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

Princes William and Harry held a special lunch on 30 June for 80 young people who hold the Diana Award as a warm-up to the Concert for Diana.

The Diana Award was set up in 1999 by the Government's Memorial Committee and was launched as an independent charity in February this year by then Chancellor Gordon Brown, in the Princess's memory. The award is given to young people for outstanding contributions to their schools, families or local communities.

Two Diana Award holders presented a 'roll of honour' to the princes, which listed the names of the approximately 18,000 young people who have received the award to date.

Maggie Turner, director of the Diana Award, says: "All across the UK there are courageous, caring, compassionate young people who are an inspiration to all of us."

Kate Thornton, the former presenter of The X Factor, will host a fashion show tomorrow at London's Guildhall to raise money for Sparks, the children's medical research charity. Other famous faces involved in the event include TV presenter Natalie Pinkham, jockey Richard Dunwoody and England rugby players James Haskell and Alex King.

Pink, the singer and animal lover, will be supporting Party for Animals Worldwide by holding a concert on 21 August in Cardiff. Pink says: "Through my involvement with PAW, I believe we can greatly help raise awareness and funds for animal conservation and welfare charities worldwide."

Lady Isabella Hervey, Celebrity Love Island contestant and 'it girl', is calling on the public to virtually travel the circumference of the globe while raising funds for Action for Blind People and Irish charity St Joseph's School and Services for the Visually Impaired. On 15 September, the Hilton in the Community Foundation will host Around the World in a Day events at Hilton hotels across Britain and Ireland. Participants will try to collectively complete 24,901.55 miles on gym equipment.

Jayne Middlemiss, the TV presenter, launched a new partnership between Cancer Research UK and Cannons health and fitness clubs, which has chosen the former as its charity of the year. Middlemiss showed her support by leading an exercise class, the Tour de Cannons spinning challenge, which is running throughout this month. The hour-long class will see people take part in a virtual Tour de France while raising money for CRUK.

Alan Cumming, who starred in the film X2, the sequel to X-Men, has been appointed the new patron of Norm-UK, the anti-circumcision charity

"We wrote to Alan because we heard that he was doing a pro-foreskin skit on the comedy circuit in the US," explains a spokesman for the charity. In the act, Cumming talks about the fact that a misguided obsession with cleanliness often prompts men to opt for circumcision. "Alan agreed to be a patron straight away and has since mentioned us on The Graham Norton Show," the spokesman says.

Norm-UK seeks to educate men so that they don't feel pressurised into having surgery without understanding the full consequences. It also tries to educate parents considering circumcision for their babies. Next year the charity is holding an international symposium on the issue and hopes Cumming will help raise awareness of it by giving media interviews. Cumming, says: "Circumcision is genital mutilation, so why is it condoned?"


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