Fundraising: Celebrity watch

Andy Blake, Supports: World Emergency Relief's Wheels of Change

Andy Blake, captain of the Great Britain wheelchair basketball team, is the new patron of World Emergency Relief's Wheels of Change campaign, raising awareness of the challenges faced by disabled people in the developing world.

It is estimated that only 2 per cent of such people have access to rehabilitation or support services.

Alex Haxton, director of operations at the charity, said: "Things are not perfect in the UK, but compared with developing countries we are in a strong position."

Blake first became aware of Wheels of Change when the Great Britain wheelchair basketball team was invited to play an exhibition match with a top Guatemalan squad by WER.

Blake said: "I hope I can use my position to share some of my positive experiences of wheelchair sport."

Footballers Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, David James and Alan Smith are shown relaxing with a book on the way to an England game as part of a new poster initiative for the National Reading Campaign.

Kirsty King led more than 300 volunteers as they took part in a special event to tidy up London's Kew Gardens. The Ground Force presenter joined volunteers in a day organised as part of Environment Month for the Year of the Volunteer.

John Humphrys has donated £3,000 to the MicroLoan Foundation from his Kitchen Table Charities Trust, set up to support charities in Africa that employ no fundraisers and have no PR budget. Since 2002 the MicroLoan Foundation has been making small loans to women in Malawi and training them to set up and run their own small home businesses. More than 3,300 loans have been made.

Fiona Phillips launched the first ever London Breakfast 5k Run for Women, in aid of the British Red Cross. The presenter will be swapping her berth on the GMTV sofa for the streets of London on Sunday 3 July. Phillips said: "I'm delighted to be supporting the British Red Cross by taking part in the London Breakfast 5k run for Women.

"I've always wanted to get involved in a run for a good cause, but have always been put off by the time and dedication I thought was needed for some of the longer, more gruelling running events."

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