Missing People patron Sir Trevor McDonald thanks public for People's Postcode Lottery support

Plus Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Rolf Harris, the Duke of York, Zoe Hardman and Liz Yelling

Sir Trevor McDonald
Sir Trevor McDonald

- The newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald has written a letter on behalf of the charity Missing People to thank everyone who plays the People's Postcode Lottery. McDonald, who is a patron of the charity, wrote the letter after the Postcode Trust, the grant-giver funded by the lottery, awarded £228,000 to the organisation.

- The cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have helped to raise £1,300 for the new charity the Canal & River Trust by donating an autographed cycle jersey. The jersey was signed by Wiggins, the first British winner of the Tour de France and the London 2012 time trial gold-medallist, world champion Cavendish and their teammates at Team Sky.

- Rolf Harris' cartoonThe artist and TV personality Rolf Harris has produced a cartoon (right) to congratulate the Bristol-based charity HorseWorld on its 60th anniversary. The picture is on display alongside an installation of painted model ponies placed around the Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol.

- The Duke of York has become royal patron of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, having been its honorary chief pilot for several years. The duke attended the opening of the charity's northern airbase at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk on 9 July.

- The TV presenter Zoe Hardman launched the call for entries for the Action for Kids City Beach Volleyball Championships on 26 July near the Olympic stadium in east London. She is competing in the event, which takes place on 21 September at Broadgate Circle in the City of London, to raise money for the charity.

- Former Olympic marathon runner Liz Yelling wants mothers to join the Mums on the Run 5k run for the children's charity Action Medical Research on 16 September. The charity funds research to help stop the suffering of children caused by disease and disability.

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