Angelina Jolie visits Halo Trust's headquarters

Orlando Bloom, Sienna Miller, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, McFly, KT Tunstall, James Morrison, Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

- Angelina Jolie visited the headquarters of the landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust in the Scottish town of Thornhill, Dumfries, last month. The Oscar-winning actor has visited Halo Trust projects in other countries before, but had not been to its head office. "In the aftermath of war, Halo's mine-clearing efforts are fundamental," said Jolie.

- More than 80 famous names, including the actors Orlando Bloom and Sienna Miller, will participate in the annual charity day run by the trading firm BGC Partners. At the event on 12 September, celebrities will help BGC brokers to seal deals. All the cash raised will go to a selection of charities including Barnardo's and Children in Need. The annual fundraiser is held in memory of the 658 BGC employees who died in the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001.

- The Liverpool footballers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher painted their faces blue on 1 September to promote Blue September, a campaign run by the charity Men's Health Forum to raise awareness of cancer among men. "It was a light-hearted way of raising a serious message," said Gerrard.

- Boy band McFly gave a surprise performance at the Scottish Young Carers Festival in West Linton in the Scottish borders last month. The event, organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, enabled more than 500 young carers to try out different activities, including dance and drumming.

- KT Tunstall, James Morrison and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are among the singers to record tracks for a new album in aid of Samaritans. The album, Songs to Save a Life, features original tracks and covers and will be downloadable from 3 October. All proceeds will go towards Samaritans' 24-hour helpline.

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