Sir Ian McKellen supports Crisis

Plus Christian Horner, Adrian Newey, the Duchess of Cornwall, Jeremy Irvine, Jake Humphrey, Myleene Klass, Natasha Kaplinsky, Esther Rantzen, Alex Winters, Mel Sherratt

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

- Sir Ian McKellan has backed a fundraising venture by the homelessness charity Crisis based around the author JRR Tolkien's west midlands childhood home. McKellen, who played Gandalf in the film adaptations of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, will appear in video clues on computer tablets carried by teams taking part. These will guide participants around the area where Tolkien grew up, and points will be awarded. The event will take place on 12 May.

- Staff from the Formula One racing team Red Bull will run the Silverstone Half Marathon to raise money for the spinal cord injury research charity Wings for Life. The team's principal, Christian Horner, and its chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, will run the race with Formula One fans, who will also be given a tour of the team's factory.

- The Duchess of Cornwall visited Cambridge Wellcome Trust's clinical research facility to find out about two clinical trials funded by the juvenile diabetes charity JDRF. She met Jeremy Irvine, star of Steven Spielberg's latest film Warhorse, who has diabetes and took part in clinical trials in 2005 and 2007.

- The BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey has worn a wristband supporting Keech Hospice Care, which runs hospices near Luton.

- TV presenters Myleene Klass and Natasha Kaplinsky hosted a breakfast in London for Save the Children to launch a new phase in the charity's No Child Born to Die campaign. They served a breakfast of low-nutrient rice or cassava of the type that would be eaten by some poor families in the developing world.

- The ChildLine founder and broadcaster Esther Rantzen helped to launch a project backed by the communications company BT: artists and designers will decorate traditional telephone boxes that will be auctioned to raise funds for the charity. The BT ArtBox project marks ChildLine's 25th anniversary.

- Children's TV presenter Alex Winters and crime author Mel Sherratt will support a Twitter campaign for Caudwell Children. During the I'm Lucky Because ... campaign, children with disabilities and their siblings will tweet about why they are lucky.

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