Celebrities: Jeff Banks, Chris Evans, Britt Ekland and Peter Capaldi

Famous names support their favourite charities this week

The Thick of It's Malcom Tucker, played by Peter Capaldi
The Thick of It's Malcom Tucker, played by Peter Capaldi

Fashion designer Jeff Banks last week backed the NSPCC's campaign to persuade people to give £2m worth of unwanted clothes for its Great British Clothes Clearout.

Banks gave more than 1,000 garments from his own warehouse. He said everyone had a few "fashion horrors" lurking at home and urged people to give the "terrifying textiles" to the cause.

Celebrities including actor Sir Ben Kingsley, artist Rolf Harris, footballers Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs, comedian Jo Brand and presenter Fearne Cotton have 'doodled' to raise funds for neurological charities Epilepsy Action and the Neurofibromatosis Association. The drawings will be auctioned on eBay from 5 March. Celebrities will be asked to draw whatever they love the most.

Chris Evans, the Radio 2 breakfast presenter, has pledged to become a 'toilet champion' for the British Toilet Association. During his show on 13 January, Evans interviewed Mike Bone, director of the charity, which campaigns for more and improved public conveniences.

Actor Britt Ekland, who played a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun and appeared in the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man, has called for people to take part in the Bupa Great South Run to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. The event, which takes place on 24 October, is one of a series of runs sponsored by the health insurance company.

Malcolm Tucker, the fictional foul-mouthed spin doctor played by Peter Capaldi in the BBC's The Thick of It, recorded a video for Macmillan Cancer Support's Cancertalk week, which ran from 18 to 24 January.


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