Kenneth Branagh supports World TB Day

Plus Dame Judi Dench, Christopher Biggins, Mikey Graham, Andy Flower and David Cameron

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

- The actor and director Kenneth Branagh was among the celebrities who gave their backing to Target TB's call for a world free from tuberculosis on World TB Day, which took place on 24 March. "I support World TB Day 2012 because I want a world free from TB," he said. The actors Simon Callow and Robert Lindsay and the author Julia Donaldson also pledged their support for the charity's activities.

-The actor Dame Judi Dench has become an honorary patron of Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club. Dench is an Everton supporter, as was her husband Michael Williams, who died from lung cancer in 2001. "I was truly honoured to be offered the chance to become involved in such a special charity - and at my football club," she said. "I am excited to be able to represent a charity that continues to push social boundaries and help so many people across Merseyside and beyond."

 -The actor Christopher Biggins has become a patron of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

- Mikey Graham Mikey Graham from the boyband Boyzone has agreed to become a celebrity ambassador for Caudwell Children. He was introduced to the charity by his former bandmate Stephen Gately, who was an ambassador for Caudwell Children until his death in 2009. "By meeting some of the children who've been helped, I understand what a difference the charity is making to thousands of people's lives," said Graham. "I'm proud to support Caudwell Children and was honoured to be invited to become an ambassador."

- Andy Flower, the England cricket coach, will run the London Marathon on 22 April to support the Lord's Taverners, which aims to give young people the opportunity to take part in sport.

- Prime Minister David Cameron attended a reception to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The reception was held at Heythrop Park, which is in Cameron's Witney constituency.

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