Samantha Cameron hosts reception for WellChild

Plus Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall, Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Tom Hollander, Stephen Fry, Billi Mucklow, Cara Kilbey, Stephen Merchant, Bryan Adams, Dame Ellen MacArthur

Samantha Cameron
Samantha Cameron

- Samantha Cameron, the Prime Minister's wife, hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street for the sick children's charity WellChild. She spoke to families it has helped, including that of four-year-old Jessica Watson from Oxford, who has Jeune Syndrome, for which she needs 24-hour ventilation. Cameron said: "I know the work the charity's nurses do can be extremely valuable to families."

- The musicians Jamie Cullum and KT Tunstall and the comedians Michael McIntyre and Jimmy Carr performed in a three-night festival to raise money for Helen & Douglas House hospices for children and young people in Oxford. The actor Tom Hollander, whose niece Imogen visits Helen House, hosted the music night.

- The actor Stephen Fry has urged his Twitter followers to donate to a project to build a community centre in a deprived former mining village. The town of Glyncoch in south Wales needs to raise £30,000 by 30 March to build the £390,000 centre.

- Billi Mucklow and Cara Kilbey, stars of the reality TV show The Only Way is Essex, will run the London Marathon in support of Samaritans. They aim to raise £10,000.

- The writer and actor Stephen Merchant has donated a picture of himself as a baby for inclusion in a mosaic of 1,000 people born at Bristol's Southmead Hospital. The co-creator of the TV comedy The Office was born there in the 1970s. People submitting photos are encouraged to give money to the hospital's Shine Together charity to fund a new family room.

- The rock star Bryan Adams has become patron of Build IT International, which builds schools and homes in Zambia and trains local people in building skills.

- The record-breaking yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur was among the celebrities who taught a lesson for Teach First to celebrate Teach First Week, which ran last week.


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