Fundraising News: Celebrity watch

Indira Das-Gupta

Ruby Wax and Jo Brand

Support: Comic Relief

Ruby Wax and Jo Brand proved that they don't mind getting their hands dirty when they converted scrubland at the back of a women's refuge into a garden for Comic Relief. They helped create a safe play area for the children of survivors of domestic violence as part of a TV programme looking at some of the projects that have benefited from money raised by the charity.

The refuge is one of a group that offer counselling and practical advice to women and children. Money from the charity has paid for an outreach worker to provide support for women living with domestic abuse. The Celebrity Red Nose Job also featured Nick Knowles and Liza Tarbuck, who made bricks needed to build a clinic for people suffering from Aids in Lusaka.

Angelina Jolie is putting her acting career on hold to concentrate on her charity work. The actress is an ardent supporter of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission For Refugees. She said: "I'm having trouble going back to work because I'm finding that my time at home with my son, taking him around and travelling to UNHCR programmes or other parts of the world is just more fulfilling and more interesting to me."

Sir Paul McCartney is backing a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to highlight the way chickens reared for fast food chain KFC are treated. The charity is asking people to boycott the restaurant until it meets basic animal welfare standards. Other celebrities backing the campaign include Pamela Anderson and the Dalai Lama.

Emma Forbes helped launch the Open Your Heart campaign to raise awareness of BLISS, the charity for premature babies. The presenter, whose daughter Lily was born three weeks prematurely, said: "I feel really lucky, as I know that many more babies born prematurely need extra care."

Russell Grant officially opened the refurbished call centre run by Action on Elder Abuse last week. The astrologer became interested in the charity three years ago and has been involved in a number of the charity's campaigns.

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