Defending Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button used a weekend off from this year's competition to take part in the London Triathlon for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Button, who has been a patron of the foundation for five years, completed a 1,500m swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run in just under two hours and 15 minutes. His triathlon efforts have raised nearly £20,000 this year. The charity grants wishes to children and young people with life-threatening illnesses.
Lyndon Ogbourne, who plays the scheming Nathan Wylde in Emmerdale, is backing the World's Biggest Coffee Morning from Macmillan Cancer Support next month. Ogbourne has also invited his Twitter followers to register at www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee to hold a coffee morning.
The person who raises the most will get to bring a friend to meet him on the show's set for a cuppa and a cake.
Manchester City and England footballer Shaun Wright-Phillips led his fourth annual charity bike ride in aid of the Education for the Children Foundation. Wright-Phillips, who is the charity's sporting ambassador, was joined on the ride by about 20 people, including 2006 X Factor runner-up Ray Quinn. The four rides have raised more than £50,000 for the foundation, which provides education for poor children in Central America.
TV presenter Chris Tarrant and ITN newsreader Mark Austin were among the players in a celebrity cricket match that was part of celebrations to mark the diamond jubilee of The Lord's Taverners. Tarrant is president of the charity, which gives disadvantaged young people the chance to take part in sport. The charity raised £27,000 on the day, when it also presented wheelchair-accessible minibuses to four schools in England and Wales.
Pop stars Robbie Williams and Alexandra Burke are among the scheduled performers at a concert in aid of Help for Heroes. Also on the bill for the 14 September event, at Twickenham stadium, are comedians Michael McIntyre and Jason Manford. Gareth Mytton