Alfred Molina opens dementia care home for Friends of the Elderly

Plus Angela Rippon, Matthew Hoggard Lorraine Pascale, Gareth Gates, Samantha Morton, Jacqueline Wilson, Gabby Logan, Ben Fogle, Chas Hodges and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Actor Alfred Molina opens a dementia care home
Actor Alfred Molina opens a dementia care home

- The actor Alfred Molina this month opened Bradbury Court, a new £3.2m dementia care home in Malvern, Worcestershire, run by the charity Friends of the Elderly. Molina toured the new facility's cafe, leisure area, courtyard gardens and two 1950s-themed rooms before planting a tree to mark the occasion.

- The journalist Angela Rippon and the Leicestershire county cricket captain Matthew Hoggard have been appointed patrons of Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Rippon, together with Rainbow's president the Duchess of Rutland, will be opening the Rainbows Hospice Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, which starts on 22 May.

- The TV chef Lorraine Pascale is among the celebrities who are endorsing the Fostering Network's 22 Minutes campaign, which encourages more people to foster children and is taking place in Foster Care Fortnight between 14 and 27 May. Pascale has written a blog post about her own experiences in foster care. The singer Gareth Gates, the actor Samantha Morton, the author Jacqueline Wilson and the presenter Gabby Logan are also backing the campaign.

-Ben Fogle Ben Fogle (right), the TV presenter and adventurer, fronted Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's BBC Lifeline Appeal, which was broadcast on Sunday 20 May on BBC One. The charity was co-founded by Fogle's father.

- The musician Chas Hodges, of Chas 'n' Dave fame, performed an impromptu jamming session during his visit to Haven House hospice in Woodford Green, Essex, last week. "Playing music for the kids and their families was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, and I can't wait to go back there and get more involved," he said. He has also recorded a single, Got my Tickets for the Darts, the proceeds of which go to the charity.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu has become the Leicestershire Aids Support Service's international patron.


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