Stuart Lancaster supports Sue Ryder walking events

Plus Jacqueline Gold, Katy Ashworth, Sue Cleaver, Ryan Thomas, Brooke Vincent, Ben Price, Ellie Simmonds and Kate Silverton

Stuart Lancaster
Stuart Lancaster

- The head coach of the England rugby union team, Stuart Lancaster, has backed walking events run by the health and social care charity Sue Ryder. Lancaster is particularly calling on men to take part in Starlight Hikes, a series of 10km night-time walks that will take place at eight locations in England and Scotland in September, because only 16 per cent of sign-ups so far have been by men. Several of Lancaster's friends were cared for at the Sue Ryder hospice in Leeds.

- The businesswoman Jacqueline Gold has been appointed a vice-president of The Children's Trust, Tadworth, which provides care for children with complex health needs and rehabilitation for children with an acquired brain injury. Gold's son Alfie received specialist care from the trust before he died in 2010 aged eight months. "The Children's Trust is truly amazing and it's not just the facilities, but the staff and volunteers which make it so special," said Gold.

Katy Ashworth- Katy Ashworth (right), the CBeebies TV presenter, has become an ambassador for the charity Brainwave, which provides home-based therapy and exercise programmes for children with a range of disabilities. Ashworth climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity in January and took part in its 30th anniversary celebrations in June.

The actors Sue Cleaver, Ryan Thomas, Brooke Vincent and Ben Price, who appear in the ITV soap Coronation Street, travelled to Kenya to see the work of the charity Sponsored Arts for Education. The charity uses performing arts and community programmes to inspire social change in Kenya on subjects including HIV/Aids and female circumcision. The trip was part of a two-part television show called Corrie Goes to Kenya, which was due to be screened on 17 and 24 August.

- The Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Ellie Simmonds and the BBC news presenter Kate Silverton have told about the experiences they had while guiding, as part of a campaign by Girlguiding UK. "The experiences I had during my girl guiding days have stood me in good stead for my job today as a broadcast journalist and I look back on those days with great fondness and thanks for what I learned," said Silverton.

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