Sir Ranulph Fiennes to take on 'the toughest foot-race on earth' for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Plus: Peter Andre, the Prince of Wales, Frank Skinner, Danny Boyle, Ben Shephard, Monica Galetti and Prince Harry

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who turns 71 in March, is taking on what is called "the toughest foot-race on earth", the Marathon des Sables, in April to raise £2.5m for Marie Curie Cancer Care and become the oldest Briton to complete the event. The gruelling six-day race covers 156 miles across the Sahara Desert in temperatures expected to reach more than 500C.

The buddies hut, a designated space for the siblings of life-limited children at Haven House Children's Hospice in Woodford Green, Essex, has received a special makeover worth almost £18,000 by the singer and TV personality Peter Andre and the team from his show 60 Minute Makeover. The nondescript building has been transformed into a bright and child-friendly space, with new audio-visual equipment, an arts and crafts area and colourful seating.

The Prince of Wales marked the Cystic Fibrosis Trust's 50th anniversary with a visit to the cystic fibrosis centre at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. It was his first official engagement with the health charity since he became a patron in May 2014. The comedian Frank Skinner is also supporting the charity by playing a cameo role in the film The Breath Before, which illustrates the organisation's aims.

A global campaign to lift millions of girls out of poverty is being backed by the Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Plan UK's Because I am a Girl campaign challenges inequality between girls and boys in 50 countries and helps millions of the world's poorest girls to live free from violence and receive the training they need to fulfil their potential.

The TV presenter Ben Shephard, who is an ambassador for the Football Foundation, has announced it will give £1.5m to create new grass-roots football teams that cater for under-represented groups. The Grow the Game scheme is funded by the Premier League and the Football Association.

The chef Monica Galetti has become a patron of the Royal London Society for Blind People and gave the charity practical help by taking part in a cooking workshop for blind teenagers at Billingsgate fish market in London. "I could not believe how the young cooks handled the knives – something I do every day and could not imagine doing without being able to see," said Galetti.

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