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Indira Das-Gupta, indira.das-gupta@haynet.com

Gary Lineker - Supports: The Children's Society

Gary Lineker is heading a Toy Amnesty campaign that encourages parents to donate their children's outgrown toys to charity. The football pundit and Walkers Potato Heads front man is appealing for old toys and games to be handed in to any of the 80 Children's Society stores to raise funds for the charity.

Lineker, himself a father of four, said: "I know from experience that kids grow out of toys fast. It's a shame to throw them away or leave them in the back of a cupboard when they could improve the lives of many disadvantaged children."

Donors have until 15 September to hand in their abandoned teddies, Xboxes and board games, in return for which they will be entered in a prize draw to win a bundle of new toys. Every donor will also be rewarded with a sheet of Potato Heads stickers.

Tim Campbell, winner of BBC 1 TV show The Apprentice, is supporting Young Norwood by offering his business advice to young professionals on 8 September. The former London Underground worker will be discussing his time on the programme along with series producer Tanya Shaw and Guardian business journalist Jane Martinson. The evening is organised by Young Norwood's City Slickers committee.

Welsh rugby union star Garin Jenkins will launch a new mental illness awareness campaign, Kick Stigma into Touch, at a sports day organised by Hafal, a Welsh charity for people with severe mental illness. Hafal is hosting the sports day for 150 of its clients. Jenkins said: "It's important to understand that physical and mental health are actually linked, and that by working on one you can help the other."

James Cracknell, the double Olympic rowing champion, will attempt to break the record for paddling across the English Channel on a surf board.

Cracknell aims to raise £60,000 for the Access Sport charity by attempting the 21-mile voyage from Folkestone to France on 5 September.

Celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay are among a roll call of culinary impresarios to contribute to Soup Kitchen, a recipe book whose proceeds will go to the Salvation Army and Centrepoint.

Intrepid mouse detective Dangermouse and his bespectacled sidekick Penfold could raise at least £2,000 for the National Library for the Blind. The crime-fighting duo are featured on an exclusive original animation transparency, known as a 'cel', signed by creator Brian Cosgrove, to be sold off to the highest bidder at a Celebrity Art and Children's TV Nostalgia evening on 14 October. Other donated items include a watercolour of Bagpuss and limited edition signed prints of every Beano character.

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