Celebrity Watch

This week, Ronan Keating pays a visit to the neonatal intensive care unit at Bath's Royal United Hospital, and Brian Blessed sets off on the Inca trail to raise money for animal charity Dogs for the Disabled.

The boy band Boyzone visited the Royal United Hospital in Bath to support its neonatal intensive care unit's Space to Grow Campaign, which aims to raise funds to support the unit's expansion. The band had been playing concerts at nearby Bath rugby ground and took time out to visit those who had been affected by premature births.

They met Natasha Dando, her partner Sam Clark and baby Joshua, who had been born prematurely and had spent weeks in the intensive care unit. The campaign is aiming to raise £4.7m to build a new premature baby unit. Two members of Boyzone, Ronan Keating and Mikey Graham, had experienced similar difficulties when their own children were born. The new unit will offer new techniques and research into the care of premature babies.

- Television presenter Ben Fogle this month appeared on BBC Radio 4 to talk about his experiences at sea to support the Southampton-based Sailors' Society. Fogle spent two months in a 20ft-long vessel taking part in an Atlantic rowing race last year with former Olympic rower James Cracknell. He talked about his experience of isolation, a common problem for seafarers.

Andrew Lancel, a star of ITV's The Bill, joined 250 other guests last week on board Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Lyme Bay in Liverpool for a reception in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The event was in aid of the charity's appeal to raise £2m for a new lifeboat station at Hoylake in Merseyside. Lancel was shown around Hoylake RNLI lifeboat Lady of Hilbre, which was moored close by.

Former tennis player Annabel Croft and television presenter Alice Beer will be the faces of Yummy Mummy week 2008, which is organised by children's cancer charity Clic Sargent. The week will run from 20 to 28 September. Women in the UK will be hosting fundraising events, ranging from coffee mornings and barbecues to pampering nights.

Actor and veteran explorer Brian Blessed will take part in a four-day trek along the Inca Trail in Peru to raise awareness and funds for charity Dogs for the Disabled. The trek forms part of the charity's Trek Machu Picchu event, which takes place from 12 to 21 September.


- Sir John Major, former Prime Minister, is hosting a dinner this month to thank those who have donated to SeeAbility - the charity he is a patron of.

Sir John Major has been a patron of SeeAbility's Sight Pioneers major donors programme since its launch three years ago. He first became involved with the charity, formerly the Royal School for the Blind, when he was invited to its 200th anniversary celebrations in 1999 by David Scott-Ralphs, chief executive of SeeAbility.

When Major was six, his father lost his sight. "I was acutely aware of how devastating it must be," he says. "I realised - even at that young age - that once one becomes blind, people start talking to you as if you don't understand anything. Those of us with sight are immensely fortunate. We owe it to those without sight to help them."

This month, Major hosted a dinner in London to thank Sight Pioneers donors. "Sir John is genuinely committed to our work and we couldn't wish for a more dedicated patron," says Elizabeth Wagstaff, chair of SeeAbility. "He is always willing to help in any way he can."

 - graham.willgoss@haymarket.com

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