Celebrities: Gordon Brown, Richard Briers, Arsene Wenger, Tamzin Outhwaite and Dannii Minogue

Gordon Brown

Sarah and Gordon Brown
Sarah and Gordon Brown

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his family will take part in a WaterAid fundraising campaign by walking along a stretch of the UK coastline next month. The initiative, Coast Along, invites sponsored walkers to take to selected coastal paths across the country to raise money for the charity, which provides access to clean water for people in the developing world.

"WaterAid is transforming lives by helping communities gain access to safe water and sanitation, and we can all help it to continue this life-saving work by walking with family and friends on our beautiful coast on 11 September," said Brown.

Former The Good Life star Richard Briers has backed an appeal in which pin badges of cartoon characters Roobarb and Custard will be sold in aid of deafblind charity Sense. Briers, who narrated the 1970s cartoon, is joined by former Blue Peter presenters Valerie Singleton and Sarah Greene in supporting the campaign. The pins will be available from branches of Barclays Bank for a suggested donation of £1 from 7 September.

Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal Football Club, will be president of the local organising committee for the 2011 Homeless World Cup, which is being held in Paris. Wenger joins former France internationals Lilian Thuram and Emmanuel Petit as supporters of the competition. The 2010 contest takes place in Brazil next month.

Actor Tamzin Outhwaite is backing the Great British Tea Break to raise money for the Lymphoma Association. The former EastEnders star is offering people who organise a fundraising tea break between September and December a chance to win tea for two with her in a top London hotel. The charity provides information and support to anyone affected by lymphatic cancer.

X Factor judge Dannii Minogue has donated clothes to a charity auction in aid of the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal, which raises money for the Liverpool-based children's hospital. Singers from the show, including Alexandra Burke, have also contributed outfits, which will be auctioned at the Clothes Throw event in Liverpool on 8 October.

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