Star Supporters: Pippa Middleton launches 40th year of British Heart Foundation bike ride

Plus: Sheila Hancock, Victoria Wood, Boris Johnson, Evgeny Lebedev, Sir Tim Rice and Daniel Radcliffe

Pippa Middleton
Pippa Middleton

British Heart Foundation ambassador Pippa Middleton launched the 40th year of the charity's flagship fundraising event, the London to Brighton Bike Ride. Middleton, who last year raised more than £15,000 for the charity on her own cycle ride across the US, will take part in the event in June. More than 800,000 cyclists have taken part in the ride over the past 40 years and helped to raise more than £65m for BHF's research into heart disease.

Two leading ladies have visited their local British Red Cross shops in London to donate items in support of the charity's Clean Start appeal, which provides safer water to people in Kenya and Bangladesh. The actor and author Sheila Hancock went to the Red Cross shop in Hammersmith with a suitcase full of books; and the actor and comedian Victoria Wood dropped in on the Palmer's Green branch to donate a range of items, including a framed poster of the singer Nat King Cole.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent and the London Evening Standard newspapers, slept rough on London's streets as part of the newspapers' pledge to support the charities ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Veterans Aid. The pair also visited some of the outreach programmes run by the homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway.

The songwriter Sir Tim Rice has become a patron of Changing Tunes, a charity that uses music to reduce reoffending. "Music restores and transforms as nothing else can," said Rice. The charity employs professional musicians to build mentoring relationships with prisoners and ex-prisoners.

The actor Daniel Radcliffe is urging young people who are experiencing problems such as bullying or suicidal thoughts to seek support from charities such as Get Connected, which provides confidential advice. Radcliffe has written a foreword to the charity's Connected Generation Report 2015, based on its survey of people aged under 25. He says: "Young people should know it's OK to reach out for support without fear. It's so much better to talk through your issue than to keep it trapped inside."

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