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Judy Finnigan to front BBC Lifeline appeal for Fight for Sight

Plus: Martin Clunes, Colin Baker, Axel Scheffler, Terry Gilliam, Stephen Fry, Felicity Kendal, Linda Robson, Kevin Sheedy and The Vamps

Judy Finnigan will be the face of Fight for Sight's BBC Lifeline appeal on Easter Sunday
Judy Finnigan will be the face of Fight for Sight's BBC Lifeline appeal on Easter Sunday

The presenter will be the face of a new BBC Lifeline appeal for Fight for Sight, which funds research into sight loss and eye disease. Finnigan has suffered from eye problems and her mother lost her sight to age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of sight loss among the over-60s. An appeal will be shown on BBC One on Easter Sunday, 20 April.

A drawing of the rear end of an elephant by the actor Martin Clunes was the most lucrative item in an eBay auction of celebrity doodles in aid of Epilepsy Action. Other celebrities taking part in the National Doodle Day event included the actor Colin Baker, the illustrator Axel Scheffler and the Monty Python member Terry Gilliam.

 

The comedian and presenter Stephen Fry and the actor Felicity Kendal are backing a campaign by the older people's charity Royal Voluntary Service to bring back tea breaks. The Great Brew Break campaign asks people to hold tea events to raise funds to tackle loneliness among older people.

The Birds of a Feather actor Linda Robson decorated cakes at the Waldorf Hilton in London as part of the launch of Barnardo's partnership with the hotel. The Waldorf is giving people the chance to try out their own cake-decorating skills at its Patisserie Masterclass on 24 May to raise money for the children's charity.

The former Everton footballer Kevin Sheedy has become the first ambassador for Beating Bowel Cancer after winning his own battle against the disease. The charity works to support sufferers of bowel cancer, improve awareness of the condition and promote early diagnosis. "I recognise how lucky I was to catch it early and get great treatment," said Sheedy. "Now I want to help raise awareness of the symptoms, particularly among men, who can be very reluctant to seek help."

The pop band The Vamps will play a free show in London on 7 April in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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