The pop star Rihanna is lending her support to this year's Cogs 4 Cancer charity bike ride. Riding in aid of Cancer Research UK, the French medical charity Clinique Tzanck in Mougins and the children's cancer unit at the Lenval hospital in Nice, 16 superyacht owners will leave Ancona in Italy in early October and arrive in Antibes in France five days later, having covered 850km.
The musician Bryan Adams has donated £45,552 to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-servicemen and women, which will go towards helping veterans regain their independence after sight loss. The funds were raised by the Bryan Adams Foundation's Opera and Picnic concert at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which took place earlier this year, and from a percentage of the sales of Adams' book of photography, Wounded: The Legacy of War.
Stars including the actors Andy Serkis, Andrew Lincoln, Nina Wadia, Tina Hobley and Fay Ripley, the journalists and presenters Jane Moore and Cherry Healey and the model Penny Lancaster are supporting a Barnardo's campaign by uploading images of their child's achievements to The Nation's Fridge Door. The children's charity aims to highlight the fact that some vulnerable children do not have anyone to share their achievements with.
The comedian Rory Bremner helped to raise a record £322,000 for Norwood, a charity that supports children and adults with learning disabilities and vulnerable families, at this year's Distressed Investment Dinner. Bremner's impressions had diners applauding in their seats.
The Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron, hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street for beneficiaries and supporters of the disabled children's charity Whizz-Kidz. The event raised awareness of the charity's work towards giving independence to young disabled people across the UK. She was introduced to the children's mobility charity's Kidz Board – eight young disabled people who represent Whizz-Kidz's 1,600 strong regional network of young ambassadors.