Emeli Sandé to host songwriting workshop at the Royal Albert Hall

Plus Danny O'Donoghue, Lynda Bellingham, Alec Stewart, Tom Pellereau, Prunella Scales, Jimmy Akingbola and Chizzy Akudolu

Emilie Sandé
Emilie Sandé

- The singer Emilie Sandé who performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of this summer's Olympics, is hosting a songwriting workshop for children at the Royal Albert Hall on 16 October. The workshop, for young people from the London boroughs of Hackney and Lewisham, is part of the charity's education programme and comes a month before she performs there. "It's really special to have the opportunity to work with children and I'm sure I'll take as much inspiration from them as I can offer in return," she said.

- Danny O'Donoghue, frontman of the Irish rock band The Script and a coach on the BBC TV series The Voice, has joined the Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, the ex-cricketer Alec Stewart and The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau in pledging support for Hospice Care Week. More than 100 local hospices will join the national charity Help the Hospices in marking the awareness week, the second of its kind, which began yesterday.

- Prunella Scales, who played Sybil in the 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers, joined a horse and guests at Kensington and Chelsea town hall in London to support the Ride Round England. Horseman William Reddaway plans to ride 2,500 miles around England on his horse, Strider, from May next year. He hopes to raise £250,000 for the Family Holiday Association, which provides breaks to needy families, and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, which offers riding and horse care lessons alongside equine-assisted therapy to children and young people. Scales is patron of the FHA.

- The Holby City actors Jimmy Akingbola and Chizzy Akudolu helped to launch the annual campaign of the leukaemia charity the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) by visiting a blood donation centre in London. Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Month - or Donate for Daniel - which urges black, Asian and mixed-race people to give blood, will run throughout October in association with the National Blood Service. The month is named after Daniel De-Gale, who needed regular blood transfusions while he overcame childhood leukaemia before suffering fatal multiple organ failure in 2008.

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