Focus: Fundraising - Celebrity Watch

Graham Willgoss, graham.willgoss@haynet.com

Cherie Blair and Julian Clary - Support: Ovarian Cancer Action

Cherie Blair and comic Julian Clary have designed postcards with the theme 'love women' to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action.

Blair's features a colourful cartoon of a woman with the words 'What is both beautiful and strong?' Clary's depicts a pouting face drawn in black and white.

The postcards will be sold at auction alongside work by artists Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein at the charity's Love Art evening at Coutts in the Strand on 28 September. OCA hopes to raise £50,000 for the charity.

Other celebrities who have designed postcards include Graham Norton, Sir Alan Sugar, Twiggy, Jack Straw and actors Bill Nighy and Gwyneth Strong.

- The Queen hosted a reception for 500 people from the maritime sector, including representatives from the RNLI, at St James's Palace. She visited the charity's new lifeboat, the Atlantic 85, on display in the palace courtyard along with a volunteer crew as part of a special event to recognise Britain's maritime community. The Atlantic 85 was built at the RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat Centre at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It has a faster response time, is more manoeuvrable and can carry more equipment and people than its predecessor, the Atlantic 75.

Grant Stott, the Forth FM radio presenter, is to take part in Scotland's biggest charity bike ride on 28 August to raise money for Barnardo's Scotland and Children 1st. Pedal for Scotland starts in Edinburgh and finishes in George Square, Glasgow. Organiser Cycling Scotland hopes more than 3,000 people will take part.

Linford Christie and Dame Tanni Grey Thompson helped to raise more than £23,000 for the Rainbow Trust, the charity that cares for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, by creating their favourite sandwich, which will be sold through sandwich retailer Benjys. Christie had chicken and coleslaw in his lunchbox, while Grey Thompson had smoked salmon and cucumber.

Gloria Hunniford has sent a message of thanks to Oddfellows, the community care society, for donating £180,000 to the Genesis Appeal. The money will fund a lecture theatre in Europe's first purpose-built breast cancer prevention centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. Hunniford said: "The lecture room will be very important in the training of breast cancer specialists."

Elliot Webb and Claire Birch, the Birmingham BRMB radio presenters, joined the Lord Mayor of Birmingham to abseil down The Mailbox shopping centre to raise money for Birmingham Focus on Blindness. The event raised £60,000 for the charity.

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