Warwick Davis becomes a stockbroker for the day to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Plus: George Clooney, Prince Harry, Vernon Kaye, Pixie Lott, Adrian Chiles and Denise Van Outen

Warwick Davis
Warwick Davis

The actor Warwick Davis helped out on the trading floor during a charity day at the headquarters of the UK broking company BGC Partners in London to help raise money for the children's charity the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event is held each year in memory of the 658 employees who died in the 11 September 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Centre in New York, with the entire profits from the day's trading being given to good causes.

The actor George Clooney is to appear in a sketch based on Downton Abbey to be broadcast at Christmas for the ITV charity show Text Santa. ITV is not revealing any more details, but it's known that Clooney became friends with the Downtown Abbey star Hugh Bonneville when they appeared in a film together.

Prince Harry recognised the courage of children and young people with serious illnesses and complex conditions at the 10th annual WellChild Awards in September. They were hosted by the TV presenter Vernon Kay and the pop star Pixie Lott performed.

The broadcaster Adrian Chiles has been appointed as a patron of the Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia. He has a personal connection with the charity after his friend Stephen Hayden died from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2006, aged 26. "To lose Stephen at such a young age was truly tragic and his passing left a lasting impression on me," Chiles said. "I have seen the tremendous work the team is doing to help people like Stephen find a way to beat leukaemia and I am deeply honoured to become a patron of this great charity."

The presenter and performer Denise van Outen has been announced as the children's charity Variety's latest celebrity ambassador. She said: "I think it's so important that children and young people are given every opportunity to experience a happy childhood, so it's a great honour and a privilege to be a part of the fantastic work Variety does across the globe"

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