Sylvester McCoy backs Barnardo's winter clothes appeal

Plus: Aled Jones, Roxy Shahidi, Bryn Terfel, Craig Phillips

Sylvester McCoy
Sylvester McCoy

The former Doctor Who star has given his backing to an appeal for winter clothes by the children's charity Barnardo's. The actor, who has also played Radagast the Brown in the film trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, is asking people to donate unwanted winter clothes to the charity's shops so that they have sufficient stock when the cold weather returns. "Now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to clear out winter items you no longer need," said McCoy.

The singer and television presenter Aled Jones has become an ambassador for the National Foundation for Youth Music, which provides opportunities for young people to take part in musical projects. "Learning to sing and perform in public really helped to develop my confidence as well as my musical skills, so I know how powerful it is to support disadvantaged young people as they explore and develop their creativity in making music," he said.

The Emmerdale actor Roxy Shahidi is calling on people to "kiss vegan" - that is, wear a lipstick that is made from animal-free materials and has not been tested on animals - as part of a campaign by the Vegan Society. Shahidi, who is a vegan, said she found it reassuring to see the charity's sunflower logo on a lipstick.

The opera singer Bryn Terfel has helped to thank some of Wales Air Ambulance's longest-serving staff and volunteers. Terfel, who is a patron of the charity, presented awards to selected individuals at the launch of the charity's new base at Caernarfon Airport this month. "The charity does incredible work across Wales, and it's thanks to the efforts of the staff and volunteers that the air ambulance can reach those in most need, no matter where they are," said Terfel.

Craig Phillips, who won the first series of the reality show Big Brother, this month paid a surprise visit to the Children's Trust, which provides care for children with acquired brain injuries and is based in Tadworth, Surrey. Phillips was shown around the charity's grounds and its wheelchair-accessible treehouse.

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