Celebrity watch

This week Anthea Turner encourages spring cleaning for the PDSA, Lucy Evens lends her name to League Against Cruel Sports' World Wide Bullfighting Pledge and Bruce Forsyth celebrates his 80th birthday by asking people to donate to EveryChild.

Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner, presenter of BBC Three series Help Me Anthea, I'm Infested and a former Blue Peter presenter, is supporting the PDSA's campaign to encourage people to clear out their unwanted clutter and donate items to the animal charity's shops.

"There's no excuse for an untidy home, especially when having a spring clean and donating unwanted items can help sick and injured pets," says Turner. "So why not organise your unwanted items and take them to your local PDSA shop? And don't forget to Gift Aid the donations."

The charity estimates that this year it will provide more than 1.8 million free veterinary treatments, at a cost of £48m.

David Facer, head of trading at the PDSA, says: "By donating some of their unwanted items to the PDSA, people can help to raise vital funds to help pets in need of vets."

- Actor Caroline Quentin, star of ITV drama Blue Murder, is supporting the RNLI's beach safety campaign. The charity launched its initiative last month with the publication of a safety guide, On The Beach, for which Quentin has written the foreword. She says: "As a mother of two children who love going in the water, I always consider safety when visiting a beach. The advice in the RNLI's new guide is invaluable."

Lucy Evans, who plays Lauren Wilson in the ITV soap Coronation Street, launched the League Against Cruel Sports' World Wide Bullfighting Pledge in Manchester last month. The pledge - never to visit a bullfight anywhere in the world - can be made on social networking website Facebook or on the charity's own website. The charity hopes the pledge will be signed by a million people from all over the world.

Alison Steadman, the stage and television actor who plays Pamela in BBC Three comedy Gavin and Stacey, hosted a reception for speech and language disorder charity St Catherine's at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London last month. She spoke about the importance of speech and communication and the challenges children with communication disabilities face each day.

Vic Reeves, the presenter of Shooting Stars on BBC Two and Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky One, has launched a prepaid payment card in support of the Aspinall Foundation, the charity that works with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks to protect rare and endangered animals. The foundation will donate 50 per cent of the profits it makes from the Maestro card to the charity.

Bruce Forsyth, the former presenter of The Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right, has been a patron of EveryChild since 2001. The charity, which supports vulnerable children all over the world, asked him to lend his support after he acted as auctioneer at one of its biannual gala dinners. Forsyth has been involved ever since.

Forsyth celebrated his 80th birthday last month by asking people to donate to EveryChild.

"We are delighted that Bruce has generously asked that people donate to our charity rather than buy him presents," says Anna Feuchtwang, chief executive of EveryChild. "It is a great indication of his generous spirit, for which many children around the world will be saying 'thank you'."

Forsyth says: "I support EveryChild because it means what it says. Wherever children need help all over the world, EveryChild is there whenever possible to support families and children in many different ways."

 

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