Ewan McGregor attends launch of the National Youth Arts Trust

Plus Sir Tom Jones, Vanessa Feltz, Sir Philip Green, Chris Evans, Lorraine Pascale and Adrian Lester

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

- The Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor attended the launch of a new charity, the National Youth Arts Trust, which has been established to provide access to the performing arts for children and young people from non-privileged backgrounds. "Being skint shouldn't be a barrier to going to drama school for those talented enough to be accepted," said McGregor. The actors Adrian Lester, Neil Pearson and Denis Lawson, who also attended the event, are among the other famous people who have agreed to become patrons of the charity.

- The singer Sir Tom Jones joined the rock band AutistiX to perform a version of The Beatles' Help! at the annual dinner of the learning disability charity Norwood earlier this month. The band, made up of users of the charity's services, performed to an audience that included the broadcaster Vanessa Feltz, the businesswoman and TV personality Karren Brady and the businessman Sir Philip Green.

- The broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson hosted a cabaret evening that raised more than £92,000 for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. The guests included the presenter Chris Evans, who auctioned the opportunity to read the weather on his radio show and accompany him on a round of golf.

- The TV presenter Carrie Grant, the Waterloo Road actor Rebecca Craven and the actor Will Poulter, from the comedy film We're the Millers, were among those who led panel debates at events run by the young people's charity the Diana Award as part of National Anti-Bullying Week, which took place between 18 and 22 November. More than 600 of the charity's ambassadors took part in two conferences in London and Manchester.

Lorraine Pascale - The chef Lorraine Pascale (right) was the guest of honour at the 60th anniversary celebrations of Buttle UK, which gives grants to children and young people in need. Pascale received funding from the charity to pay for a boarding school education. "I am now in a position to give back and to say that, however hard things seem, they can and do get better, thanks to charities like Buttle UK," she said.

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