Anne Robinson joins Medical Detection Dogs

Plus: Sir Bradley Wiggins and Lewis Hamilton join Woolly Hat Day and Dame Judie Dench backs the Great British Brekkie

Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson

Television presenter and journalist, Anne Robinson, has become an ambassador for Medical Detection Dogs, which trains dogs to detect cancer in urine or breath samples. Robinson agreed to take the role after visiting the charity's headquarters near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. "This charity is able to save lives and millions of pounds for the NHS," she said. "I am enormously proud to be associated with it."

The presenter Chris Tarrant has agreed to become a judge for the Stroke Association's Life After Stroke Awards, which honour the achievements of stroke survivors, their families and the professionals who work alongside them. Tarrant, who had a stroke in 2014, will be joined in the judging role by the businesswoman Baroness Karren Brady and the royal sculptor Lady Frances Petchey. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London in November.

The money-saving expert Martin Lewis has joined StepChange Debt Charity in calling on the government to introduce a scheme that would allow people who seek advice for debt problems a window of between six months and a year in which interest and charges are frozen and enforcement action halted. The call is supported by new research from the charity that shows one in five people with financial problems is unable to afford food after making an unsecured debt repayment.

Dame Hilary Mantel has become an ambassador for the theatre and mentoring charity Scene & Heard, which works with children in Somers Town, north London. The Booker Prize-winning author said of the charity: "It is effective and, unlike other worthy interventions, it comes with songs, dances and jokes."

The cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, the musician Brian May, the racing driver Lewis Hamilton and the actor Emilia Fox were among the famous names to donate hats for auction to raise funds for Woolly Hat Day, run by the homelessness charity St Mungo's. The charity invited people to support the day, which took place on 29 January, in ways such as wearing a hat in return for a donation or bidding for one of the hats donated by celebrities.

The actor Christopher Eccleston, the ninth title character in the long-running science-fiction series Doctor Who, has called on people to share a video from Alzheimer's Research UK that attempts put right public misunderstanding of the disease by using an orange. The animation shows an orange being stripped away gradually to demonstrate how the diseases that cause dementia attack the brain. Eccleston's father, Ronnie, died after a long battle with vascular dementia.

The actor Dame Judie Dench, the former cricketer Freddie Flintoff and the former footballer Sol Campbell are among the famous faces to have given their backing to the Great British Brekkie, a breakfast-themed fundraising campaign from the childhood bereavement charity Winston's Wish. The campaign, which ran from 8 to 14 February, encouraged people to host breakfasts to raise funds for the charity.

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, attended an event in Guildford, Surrey, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the foundation of the hospice charity Shooting Star Chase. The countess decorated cakes with children and families supported by the charity and gave a speech that paid tribute to its work.

The Falklands War veteran Simon Weston has become a patron of the Ambulance Services Charity, which supports ambulance personnel and their families. "Ambulance staff do an incredible job of supporting the public tirelessly, week in, week out, and they deserve recognition and support in return," he said.


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