Celebrities: Chris Holins, Quentin Blake, Sara Cox, Lisa Maxwell, Lukasz Fabianski, Rufus Hound, Elizabeth Hurley

This week's round-up of famous names supporting charities

Strictly Come Dancing champ Chris Hollins
Strictly Come Dancing champ Chris Hollins

Chris Hollins, the BBC sports presenter and former winner of Strictly Come Dancing, visited the Cancer Centre in Belfast in his role as patron of the children's cancer charity Clic Sargent. He had lunch with cancer survivors, including Katrina Black, and toured the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. "Meeting these brave youngsters and hearing about the impact cancer has on their lives reaffirms for me why I support Clic Sargent and why I'm committed to helping raise awareness of childhood cancer," said Hollins.

Rufus Hound with puppy from Battersea Dogs and Cats HomeThe comedian Rufus Hound lived up to his name when he helped to raise the profile of the London Battersea Dogs & Cats Home by rehoming a puppy called Antonio, which had been dumped from the back of a lorry. "I can't count the number of people who said we should get a dog from Battersea," said Hound.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Unicorn, the London children's theatre that works with underprivileged young people, the children's illustrator Quentin Blake has donated a large-scale piece of artwork featuring 20 new theatrical characters for its foyer.

A host of celebrities, including the Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, the Loose Women presenter Lisa Maxwell and the Arsenal FC goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, took part in a sleepout in Old Spitalfields Market in London earlier this month to help raise £150,000 for Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity.

Liz HurleyThe model and actor Elizabeth Hurley attended the Houses of Parliament this month to speak about the need for more respite day care. As president of the charity Hop Skip & Jump, which provides day care for children with special needs and support for their families, Hurley wants to raise £985,000 to build a specialist centre in Swindon. "Many families are under strain on a continual basis and reach breaking point when they are unable to find flexible and immediate support," she said.


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