Gillian Anderson launches competition for Children With Tumours

Plus Stacey Solomon, Johnson Beharry, Paddington Bear, Haile Gebrselassie and Johnny Ball

Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson

- The actor Gillian Anderson, who starred in the drama series The X-Files, has launched a national schools competition to raise money for Children With Tumours. Anderson will judge the annual Christmas Card Challenge for CWT, which raises funds to provide holiday camps for children affected by the condition neurofibromatosis. The challenge will ask primary school children to design their own Christmas cards.

- The singer and TV personality Stacey Solomon sang for guests at Jewish Care's annual Young Patrons' Dinner this month. The event, which raised £110,000 for the charity's Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, was held at the Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square, London.

- The soldier Johnson Beharry has agreed to speak at an event organised by the Children's Trust on 28 April. The event, Where's Your Head At?, is being held for young people who, like Beharry, have brain injuries. He was the first man in 20 years to be awarded the Victoria Cross, in 2005, for twice saving members of his unit from ambushes while serving in Iraq.

- Paddington Bear is drumming up support for UK children's charity Action Medical Research, with the help of the retail convenience business One Stop. From 15 March to 15 May, One Stop is placing Paddington-themed collection boxes on its counter tops to raise funds. Paddington Bear, the charity's mascot, is calling on the public to raise more than last year's £25,000.

- Haile Gebrselassie, the double Olympic 10,000-metre gold medal-winning athlete, is encouraging runners in this year's Virgin London Marathon to get behind Age UK and YouthNet - the official charities of the race. He is encouraging them to raise money and awareness.

- Johnny Ball, the presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, has become an ambassador for Blind Veterans UK's No One Alone campaign. It is targeting men over 70 who do not know they are eligible for support.

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