Natalie Pinkham becomes ambassador for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Plus Clare Balding, Dave Fishwick, Jon Snow, Sarah Springett, Liz Townsend, Tim Lovejoy and Duncan Goodhew

Natalie Pinkham
Natalie Pinkham

- The Sky Sports Formula One presenter Natalie Pinkham has become an ambassador for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Pinkham said she has had dogs as pets all her life. "I cannot even begin to imagine the overwhelming feeling of freedom, empowerment and, most importantly, confidence that must come with the first few steps taken by a new guide dog owner," she said. "These incredible animals are more than just man's best friend - they are someone's ticket to a new life."

- The TV presenter Clare Balding is backing the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's Tea for Helen campaign. The charity encourages people to hold tea parties and ask guests to make donations. Tea for Helen has raised more than £66,500 to fund cancer support centres since the charity launched it in 2010.

Dave Fishwick- Dave Fishwick (right), the millionaire and star of the reality TV series Bank of Dave, has helped the youth charity the Foyer Federation to secure a £2m grant to run job centres for young people. Fishwick joined with the charity to test 'pop-up' centres designed by young people as part of the Channel 4 series The Secret Millions. The young people were secretly being assessed by the Big Lottery Fund. The grant will help them set up centres in London, south Wales and the West Midlands.

- Jon Snow, the Channel 4 News presenter, was the guest host at a Social Purpose and Time event last Wednesday. Spat is a sports-based not-for-profit organisation that supports homeless young people in London; the event honoured participants in a fitness programme it ran for nine young people.

- Sarah Springett and Liz Townsend from the singer-songwriting partnership The Floe have agreed to become ambassadors for the Songwriting Charity. They played a secret gig at the weekend to raise funds for one of the charity's new songwriting initiatives, called Project K.

- The TV presenter Tim Lovejoy will take part in Swimathon 2013 to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The event takes place from 26 to 28 April. Lovejoy joins a squad led by Duncan Goodhew, the Olympic gold medallist.

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