At Work: Fundraising - Celebrity watch

Indira Das-Gupta, indira.das-gupta@haynet.com

Fatboy Slim; Supports: Mali's Coaching for Hope project.

Popular DJ and lifelong Brighton & Hove Albion fan Fatboy Slim (otherwise know as Norman Cook) has just returned from his first visit to Mali's Coaching for Hope project, of which he is patron.

Cook was able to see the project in action and take part in football and art workshops. "The trip has been a life-changing experience," says the DJ. "It makes you realise how much we take for granted. These kids have so much to be bitter about and so much sadness in their lives, and yet they have an amazing peace about them."

Coaches from Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City and Queens Park Rangers football clubs also took part in the trip to Mali and helped train 30 local coaches to run football and HIV/Aids workshops with orphans and vulnerable children.

About 100 local children attended the football and art workshops, which are designed to build confidence, creativity and self-esteem.

The Arctic Monkeys, favourite band of teenagers across the UK and of Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell, have topped a survey by Shelter Scotland to find the group young people would most like to have as flatmates. Westlife came bottom, presumably because participants were concerned about them singing in the shower. The poll was published by the charity to publicise its new partnership with Shockwaves Club NME On Tour - a national tour of bands to raise awareness of young people's housing rights and promote Shelter's online advice service.

Jo Brand, the comedian, headlined an event to launch ok2b, a charity aimed at changing attitudes to mental health. Comedian Arthur Smith and actor Ricky Grove also performed at the event, which took place at London's Hackney Empire on 8 October.

Lily Allen, the opinionated singer, raised £2,500 for new music charity Strummerville by taking part in the Dream Date Auction organised by DatingDirect.com.

There were 33 bids for Allen and she proved more popular than supermodel Jodie Kidd. The event, now in its fourth year, raised £25,000.

Gary Neville, Manchester United captain, showed his club's commitment to Unicef's campaign Unite for Children, Unite against Aids by wearing a special Unicef captain's armband during their Uefa Champions League tie with Benfica in September. In a European first, Neville will wear the yellow armband, embossed with the Unicef logo and HIV/Aids campaign ribbon, for the duration of Manchester United's 2006/07 European campaign, highlighting the club's role as a champion for children.

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