Fundraising News: Celebrity watch

Natasha Bedingfield

Supports: Global Angels

Natasha Bedingfield and brother Daniel performed at an exclusive live concert to help launch Global Angels, a new charity set up by their mother Molly.

R&B star Lemar also sang at the event at Coutts' head office in London, and Fame Academy judge David Grant hosted a fundraising auction with lots that included fitness sessions with Natasha.

Global Angels is planning a series of televised concerts to raise money for best practice projects working with disadvantaged children around the world. The charity will also work with directors and producers to create films highlighting the problems faced by countries that need help.

Molly Bedingfield said: "My vision for Global Angels is to promote a powerful and effective global response to the needs of children in every country."

SIR ALAN SUGAR, Amstrad founder and star of The Apprentice, addressed an audience of almost 500 leaders in the fields of property, insurance and law at a lunch organised by Norwood. The event was held at the Savoy Hotel and raised £250,000 for the charity. Sir Alan said: "Norwood does outstanding work with disadvantaged children and I am pleased to support it."

Heather Mills McCartney will appear in US soap Days of Our Lives at the end of the month to raise awareness of Adopt-A-Minefield, for which she is an ambassador. She will play herself in the one-off episode and will offer support and advice to a wounded soldier.

Dr Miriam Stoppard is the new patron of MedicAlert. She said: "MedicAlert is a vital service for anyone who has any allergies, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes or heart conditions, as it could one day save your life." Marc Warren and fellow actor Bill Nighy were among 350 guests at the National Society for Epilepsy's annual Seahorse Ball at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The under-water-themed evening took its inspiration from the charity's fundraising emblem, the seahorse, which was chosen because of its resemblance to the seahorse-shaped part of the brain where epilepsy often originates called the hippocampus - Latin for seahorse. Each table was decorated with a seahorse ice sculpture, and the evening raised around £50,000.

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