Batman star Tom Hardy and actor Charlotte Riley become patrons of Bowel Cancer UK

Plus Steve Cram, Dr Dawn Harper, Beeban Kidron, Rhod Gilbert and Sir John Major

Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley
Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley

- The actors Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley have agreed to become patrons of Bowel Cancer UK. The couple attended the charity's 25th anniversary celebrations at 10 Downing Street earlier this year. Hardy, who plays the villain Bane in the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, said: "I'd like to help the charity to increase awareness and to help stop people dying needlessly from the disease." Riley is best known for her role in the film Easy Virtue and also featured in Wuthering Heights.

- The former athlete Steve Cram, now a BBC commentator, ran to raise funds for Barnardo's in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Battersea Park, London, this month. Barnardo's was the official charity of the event, which attracted 26,000 runners over two nights.

Dr Dawn Harper- Dr Dawn Harper (right) from the Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies took part in the London to Paris bike ride to raise money for Action Medical Research, which carries out research into conditions that affect babies and children. Harper, who is a long-term supporter of the charity, said: "I have always enjoyed bike rides organised by Action Medical Research. It takes special care of its cyclists, has well-stocked feed stops and, most of all, ensures a fantastic day out in the saddle."

- Beeban Kidron, who directed Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, has become a trustee of the grant-maker the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. "PHF's commitments to social justice, education, young people and India are all close to my heart," she said.

- The comedian Rhod Gilbert took part in the annual five-a-side football tournament run by the South Wales charity Llamau, which works with homeless young people and vulnerable young women.

- Sir John Major, the former Prime Minister, addressed a dinner held by the charity SeeAbility in London earlier this month. Lord Coe, the chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, also sent a video message to the event, which was attended by the charity's most generous benefactors.

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