Celeb Watch

This week, designer Vivienne Westwood helps raise money for the NSPCC, while HRH the Princess Royal shows her support for Transaid.

HRH The Princess Royal has launched Transaid's new driver training programme
HRH The Princess Royal has launched Transaid's new driver training programme

HRH the Princess Royal officially launched Transaid's Zambian professional driver training programme earlier this month.

The charity, which works to improve transport infrastructure in Africa, held a gala dinner in London to launch the initiative and mark the organisation's 10th anniversary. The project is designed to provide professional training for commercial drivers and make them more aware of other road users and pedestrians in Zambia, where the charity says road crashes are the third biggest cause of death after HIV and malaria.

Actor Gabriel Byrne, who starred in The Usual Suspects, backed World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on 11 October. "Every year, millions of people around the world experience unnecessary pain and distress," said Byrne. "They are either unaware of or unable to access the care they need. This must change. I would urge politicians and policy-makers to invest in hospice and palliative care and ensure this vital service is made available to everyone - irrespective of who they are, their means, their diagnosis or where they live."

Designer Vivienne Westwood will show designs from her Chaos Point collection at a fashion show to raise money for the NSPCC at Whitehall Palace in London on 18 November. The charity hopes the show, which will be accompanied by a live orchestra provided by London Musici, will raise more than £250,000. The event will be co-hosted by TV chef Nigella Lawson.

Gary Lineker

Supports: The Football Foundation

Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Lineker opened a new football pitch at the Abbey School on behalf of the Football Foundation. Abbey is a special needs secondary school in Surrey for students with learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders.

The foundation gave the school a £40,000 grant to drain and level its sloping pitch and remove trees from the middle of it.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the foundation, said: "This excellent new playing surface is the latest example of how we are opening up access to sports. It is fitting that Gary Lineker, one of this country's finest-ever strikers, is declaring it open."

 - Graham Willgoss, graham.willgoss@haymarket.com


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