Celebrities: Heston Blumenthal, Ben Shephard, Wayne Rooney and Margaret John

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

  • This story has been corrected. Please see final paragraph

Heston Blumenthal is one of 10 celebrity chefs who have given prizes to a raffle to raise money for the cancer charity Children with Leukaemia. He is offering the highest bidder the chance to see him at work behind the scenes in his three-Michelin-star restaurant The Fat Duck. Other chefs taking part in the Chefs Unite raffle include Raymond Blanc, who has donated a five-course meal at his restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, and Antony Worrall Thompson, who is offering a personal cooking lesson.

GMTV presenter Ben Shephard has become a patron of the Holly Lodge Centre, which organises educational activities in London's Richmond Park. "I first visited the centre during the Richmond Park open day in the summer of 2008 and felt that the work being carried out there, especially for children and adults with special needs, was worth supporting," he said.

Ross Brawn, manager of the Brawn Formula 1 team, will be the face of a campaign to raise money for a new RNLI lifeboat. In the Brawn Lifeboat Challenge, 11 teams from businesses in the UK will be given £1,000 each and tasked with raising as much money as possible in eight months.

Ten football shirts signed by players who wear the number 10 shirt for national football teams will be auctioned online in July to raise money for the Willow Foundation, which organises day trips for seriously ill adults. The shirts will be on display in the sports department at Harrods until the end of the auction. They have been signed by players including Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi.

Actor Margaret John, who plays Doris in the comedy Gavin and Stacey, has opened a new veterinary service funded by the animal charity PDSA in Llanelli, south Wales. "PDSA does wonderful work providing expert vet care for the pets of people in need," said John, who was born in Swansea. "This new branch will make a huge difference to thousands of local people and their beloved pets, and I am delighted to have the honour of opening it."

The Chefs Unite event involving Heston Blumenthal is a raffle, not an auction as suggested, and there are nine chefs taking part, not 10. Apologies.

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