Francis Rossi becomes patron of the National Migraine Centre

Plus Graeme Garden, Dame Vera Lynn, Joanna Lumley, Gary Linekar, Sara Cox, Prunella Scales, Timothy West, Dame Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry, Anita Dobson and Asafa Powell

Francis Rossi
Francis Rossi

- The Status Quo singer and guitarist Francis Rossi has become a patron of the National Migraine Centre. Rossi, who has suffered migraines since the age of four, said: "I urge anyone suffering in silence to seek help as there are so many new treatment options now."

- The comedian Graeme Garden will take part in a special edition of the radio panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue to raise money for the disability charity Enrych. Garden, who was also one of the comedy trio The Goodies, is patron of the charity. The event will take place at the New Theatre, Oxford on 5 March.

Dame Vera Lynn- Dame Vera Lynn, the original forces' sweetheart, was one of 6,000 people to add a photo of herself to an online Union Jack flag as part of a campaign by ABF The Soldiers' Charity. The Thanks, Soldier campaign, which ran in December, also got the support of the actor Joanna Lumley, the former England footballer Gary Lineker and the DJ Sara Cox.

- The husband-and-wife actors Prunella Scales and Timothy West have adopted a homeless cat from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. "We've had cats from Battersea in the past and when we visited to find another kitty we were absolutely smitten with Hannah," said Scales.

- The actors Dame Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry and Anita Dobson have designed envelopes to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. The envelopes will be auctioned on the website eBay from 12 to 22 March.

- The Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell was announced as the first international ambassador for the Diana Award at a ceremony on 4 February. Powell will encourage Caribbean and Commonwealth countries to nominate for the award young people who help others and improve communities as volunteers, fundraisers, campaigners or carers. "I believe young people have the power to change the world," said Powell.

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