Celebrity watch

This week actor Kevin Spacey speaks in support of Leap Confronting Conflict, comedian Peter Kay auctions the chance to watch the filming of his new TV show and golfer Darren Clarke chips in for Breast Cancer campaign

Usual suspects: Spacey makes his point at the conference
Usual suspects: Spacey makes his point at the conference

Spacey, the Oscar-winning actor and artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London, spoke at the National PeerLink Conference earlier this month, to encourage young people to act against the use of technology in bullying.

PeerLink is a programme run by Leap Confronting Conflict, a charity that works to resolve conflict between young people. Spacey asked more than 100 students at the conference to explore how mobile phones, email and the internet can be used to help tackle bullying and coached them in peer-mediation and conflict-resolution skills using role play.

"Young people are often seen as the problem, but PeerLink shows that they can actually be the solution to violence and conflict in our society," says Spacey. "Its mediation programmes in schools and local communities empower young people to take action to reduce and prevent conflict around them."

- Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole has put her name to a Newcastle-upon-Tyne charity that is raising funds for a new medical unit for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Jordan David Thompson Memorial Fund For Teenage Cancer Trust North East was launched on 20 April in memory of Jordan Thompson, who died of cancer aged 15. The fund will support the new teenage cancer unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. "Because it's my home town, I am honoured to be involved," says Cole. "The unit at the RVI will be a great tribute to Jordan's short life."

- Comedian and actor Peter Kay has auctioned off the chance for eight people to watch the filming of his new spoof reality TV show, Britain's Got The Pop Factor, to raise £16,000 for the Joe Geeling Trust. The trust was set up to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the New Children's Hospital Appeal in Manchester in memory of murdered cystic fibrosis sufferer Joe Geeling. The auction took place at the trust's Shining Star Ball in Manchester last week.

- Singer Dannii Minogue, actor Alan Cumming and Four Poofs and a Piano, the house band from Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, will take part in HIV/Aids charity Crusaid's Walk for Life, a 10km fundraising walk in London on 1 June.

- Cherie Booth QC and author Dame Jacqueline Wilson backed Scope's In the Picture reception on 15 April, highlighting the lack of disabled children in literature. They talked about why it is crucial for the literary world to recognise diversity and met Celine Matthews, who was presented with an award for raising awareness of disabled children in literature.

Golfer Darren Clarke supports Breast Cancer Campaign in memory of his wife. 

Clarke, the golfer who helped Europe to victory over America in the Ryder Cup in 2006, has supported Breast Cancer Campaign since the death of his wife Heather two years ago. Clarke was runner-up BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2006 after his winning performance in the tournament only six weeks after she passed away.

The charity approached Clarke for his support shortly afterwards. This month, he is supporting the £100 Golf Club Challenge, in which the charity asks golf clubs around the UK to hold fundraising events.

"Darren's support resonates with golfers everywhere," says Colin Norford, community development manager at Breast Cancer Campaign. "Not only is he a leading international player, but he also has personal experience of the devastating effect breast cancer can have on families."

Clarke says: "Breast cancer has touched my life and that is why I am involved with Breast Cancer Campaign's £100 Golf Club Challenge."



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