John Cleese raises money for the NSPCC

Plus Kylie Minogue, Robert Downey Jr, Keith Richards, Sienna Miller and Sir David Jason

John Cleese [R] pictured with Michael Palin
John Cleese [R] pictured with Michael Palin

- The comedian John Cleese used an event celebrating his 50-year career to raise more than £20,000 for the NSPCC. John Cleese's Comedy Roast, which took place in London last month, also involved Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, and the comedian Barry Cryer. "I'm delighted that through this afternoon of fun we've raised more than £20,000 for a charity I'm proud to support," said Cleese.

Kylie Minogue- The singer Kylie Minogue (right), the actor Robert Downey Jr and the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards were among the celebrities who donated signed ties and scarves to raise funds for the male cancer charity Cahonas Scotland. The items were then auctioned on eBay in aid of the charity.

- The actor Sienna Miller is asking people to donate to the Christmas gift appeal run by the equine charity World Horse Welfare. "Horses are wonderful animals that are enjoyed and relied upon all over the world, so it's devastating that they suffer so much cruelty and neglect," she said. "I am proud to support World Horse Welfare, which helps to relieve horse suffering through rescue and care, while also tackling the root causes."

- The TV presenter Zoe Hardman has become an honorary member of the eating disorder charity Beat. Hardman, who has had an eating disorder, said: "Beat is a charity close to my heart and, because of my own experience, I am passionate about helping people with eating disorders."

- The actor Sir David Jason has written a letter to be sent to people living in his community of Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, to ask them to support the local Florence Nightingale Hospice. The hospice is hoping to raise £20,000 to pay for a makeover of its day hospice service, which supports between 40 and 60 people in the area each week.

-The comedian Jo Brand took part in a Q&A fundraising event in aid of the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research on 24 November. An Audience with Jo Brand, held at the Criterion Theatre in London, was hosted by the TV executive and presenter Alan Yentob.

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