Rory McIlroy launches Cancer Fund for Children centre

Plus: Tim Wheeler, Dan Snow, Jack Monroe, John Simpson, Alain de Botton, Sam Dalby and Phillip Schofield

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

The golfer Rory McIlroy has launched Daisy Lodge, a therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle, County Down, on behalf of the Cancer Fund for Children. The facility, which provides care for families affected by childhood cancer in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is close to McIlroy's home.

The musician Tim Wheeler, singer in the rock band Ash, has recorded a solo album in response to the death of his father, George, who lived with dementia and died in 2011. Wheeler will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the album Lost Domain, which charts the progression of his father's condition and his struggle to come to terms with his death, to the Alzheimer's Society. He hopes that sales of the album will also raise awareness of dementia.

The broadcaster and historian Dan Snow has made a new discovery about his family history, thanks to a British Red Cross project to digitise the records of its First World War volunteers. Snow's great-grandmother, Olwen Carey Evans, who was the third child of the wartime Prime Minister David Lloyd George, is one of 90,000 civilians who served as voluntary aid detachments during the war. She volunteered as a cook for six months in Boulogne, France. The online archive has been produced with the help of more than 250 volunteers after the charity received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The food blogger Jack Monroe has become a patron of the charity Food Chain and has drawn attention to the growing crisis of food poverty among people living with HIV/Aids in London. She was responding to figures from the charity that showed a 37 per cent increase in demand for its services, which include delivering groceries and providing nutritional advice for people living with the virus.

Lunch with John Simpson, the BBC's world affairs editor, is one of the lots being auctioned for Comic Relief by the British Airways in-flight magazine High Life. Other prizes include the opportunity to philosophise with Alain de Botton and have a personal portrait painted by the artist Sam Dalby. The starting bid for each experience is £50, with proceeds going to Flying Start – British Airways' charity partnership with Comic Relief.

The presenter Phillip Schofield is undertaking a TV marathon to kick-start ITV's annual fundraising charity event Text Santa! He will be live on TV for 24 hours, starting and finishing the challenge on This Morning. This year's beneficiary charities are Together for Short Lives, the Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Alzheimer's Society.

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