People: Celebrities

Rock group Coldplay have become patrons of Upbeat, a mental health project in Camden, north London. The project, which fosters the musical talents of people living with mental illness, is also supported by CSV's Capital Volunteering mental health initiative.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Deborah Meaden from BBC Two's Dragons' Den and Craig Phillips, winner of the first series of Big Brother, are supporting PDSA's Walkies fundraising campaign. The charity is holding sponsored dog walks in Glasgow, Gateshead, Birmingham, Liverpool and London throughout October and hopes to raise £50,000.

Actor Emma Thompson is urging Girl Guides and Brownies across the UK to reduce their carbon footprints and take part in a Friends of the Earth project to discover the nature of the barriers that stop people from saving energy. Friends of the Earth is inviting guiding units to trial a series of green activities - from fitting energy-saving lightbulbs to taking greener transport - and report back on how practical they are.

Bill Oddie, the wildlife television presenter and birdwatcher, fired the starting gun and set hundreds of ape-suited runners off on the Great Gorilla Run last week. The 7km run follows a route through the City of London and raises money for conservation charity the Gorilla Organization, which will use the cash to help save gorillas in Africa from extinction.

PAUL ELLIOTT

Supports: Kick It Out

Elliott retired early from professional football after damaging knee ligaments playing for Chelsea in 1992. Since then, he has become an ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign, the initiative to combat racism in football.

The campaign is holding two separate weeks of action from 16 and 28 October to reinforce its message of equality at football grounds across the UK.

"I represented the first and second generation of black players in the English game, when racism was at its ugliest in the UK," says Elliott. "I felt I could give something back by using my own experience as a player in that context. We have to keep feeding people positive messages."

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