Celebrity watch

Lewis Hamilton puts pedal to the metal for The Variety Club, and Jeremy Clarkson digs deep for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Supports: Variety Club

British Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton lent his support to the Variety Club's Brands Hatch Track Day earlier this month.

The charity took eight special needs pupils from Arbour Vale School in Slough for a ride around the Kent race circuit in Porsche cars adapted to meet the requirements of the children. The drivers and vehicles were provided by sports car specialist 911virgin.com, which visited the school before taking the pupils out to ensure its cars met their needs.

"Racing round Brands Hatch is a real occasion for these pupils," said Hamilton, who won the British Grand Prix earlier this month. "Thanks to the Variety Club, days out like these enable disadvantaged and disabled children to experience a wide range of entertaining trips outside the school gates."

- Judy Murray, the mother of British number one tennis player and Wimbledon quarter-finalist Andy Murray, is supporting Breast Cancer Care's Strawberry Tea fundraising campaign. The initiative encourages people to hold their own tea parties and donate the money they raise to the charity. "I lost two good friends to breast cancer," says Murray. "That's when I became aware of the excellent support provided by charities such as Breast Cancer Care."

- Top Gear presenter and journalist Jeremy Clarkson has paid £10,000 for a piece of contemporary art created using the Pink Floyd song Wish You Were Here (18 June, page 4). The piece was auctioned for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. It was signed by band members David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The Soundwaves project uses software to enlarge images of soundwaves and turn them into pictures. It intends to raise £1m.

- Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik helped to dunk the Cheeky Girls in cold tea to launch the Motor Neurone Disease Association's Dunk-It! to End MND fundraising campaign in Brighton earlier this month. The association is encouraging supporters to organise their own parties with 'dunkable' foods and donate the money they raise. "I'm partial to dunking a herring roll mop in taramasalata the morning after the night before's curry festivities," says Opik. "However, I make all attempts not to inflict this abomination on other dunkers."

 - graham.willgoss@haymarket.com

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