Celebrities: Christopher Timothy, Jane Asher, Anthony Worrall Thompson and Jamie Cullum

Famous names support their favourite causes this week

Christopher Timothy, best known for his role as the vet James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small, helped to tile the roof of the new Sick Children's Trust 'home from home' at Leeds General Infirmary earlier this month. The actor, who is also the trust's vice-president, was marking the half-way point in fundraising for the £1.72m project.

Actors Duncan Pow, from Holby City, Kai Owen, from Torchwood, and Joanna Taylor, who was in Hollyoaks, have become patrons of cancer charity Clic Sargent. Pow and Owen, who are running the 2010 Virgin London Marathon for the charity, have experienced childhood cancer in their families. Pow's cousin died of cancer in 2006, aged 16, and Owen's cousin recently underwent an operation on her 11th brain tumour.

Actor and baker Jane Asher and chef Antony Worrall Thompson are helping the National Autistic Society cook up a fundraising treat by revealing their recipes for Eccles cakes and triple chocolate brownies, respectively. The culinary stars are supporting the charity's FestiviTea Party campaign, which urges people to get together for tea and cake in the run-up to Christmas.

Actor turned communication coach Julia Goodman was honoured at Dyslexia Action's annual awards dinner on 11 November for her support since 1992. Goodman, who has appeared in programmes including Coronation Street, Inspector Morse and Z-Cars, has promoted the charity to high-profile clients of her Personal Presentation company, such as Dragons' Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. She has also mentored young offenders with dyslexia and helped organise one of the charity's annual dinners.

Comedian Alan Carr, World Cup-winning footballer Sir Geoff Hurst and TV presenter Jonathan Ross are among the famous faces who have designed teapots for the online CelebriTea auction, which goes live on 4 December. Designer Sebastian Conran's impractical chocolate teapot has already been snapped up for £5,000. The event will raise money for the Typhoo Sports for All campaign for the Federation of Disability Sport.

The pianist and singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum joined forces with TV chef Jamie Oliver to jazz up the Fifteen Foundation's annual fundraising dinner. Cullum entertained guests including his girlfriend, model Sophie Dahl, at Shoreditch Town Hall in London on 12 November.

Other famous faces at the event included the host, GMTV presenter Ben Shephard, Blur bassist Alex James and actors Fay Ripley and Tamzin Outhwaite. The event raised more than £200,000 for Oliver's charity, which runs a catering apprenticeship scheme for young people. The scheme recruits 18 underprivileged young people a year to a programme of in-house and college training.

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