Michael Owen carries Olympic flame through Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Plus Nicholas Owen, Sophia Warner, Sir David Jason and Ben Shepherd

Michael Owen
Michael Owen

- The former England footballer Michael Owen carried the Olympic flame through Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London as part of the relay. Owen, who has three Staffordshire Bull Terriers and two French Bulldogs, carried the torch with Rory, a four-year-old Staffie from the home. Other dogs from the home formed a 'guard of honour' to greet the flame as it went past.

- The newsreader Nicholas Owen has been appointed as a celebrity vice-president of the Children's Trust, Tadworth, which provides residential care and therapy for children with complex health needs and rehabilitation for children with brain injuries. "I live locally and want to put my support behind it and the staff who provide the utmost care, therapy and education for these children and young people," said Owen. The charity has also appointed the Paralympic athlete Sophia Warner to the same position.

Sir David Jason- The actor Sir David Jason (right) has given his backing to the first National Air Ambulance Week, which will take place in the last week of September. The week is organised by the Association of Air Ambulances, the umbrella body for air ambulances in England, and will encourage people to give money to their local air ambulance services. Jason, who has been patron of the Association of Air Ambulances since 2009, said: "It is vital that we spread the word that air ambulance charities in the UK are not government-funded and rely on public donations to operate."

- The Sky Sports presenter Ben Shephard presented the cheque for a £5,000 grant from the Football Foundation to the Sunday morning team Putney Town Football Club. Shephard took part in training with the club, which will use the money to start a second side. "I am lucky enough to work at the top of the game, covering the Premier League and the Champions League," he said. "None of it would happen without the grass-roots game."

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