Celebrities: Jessica Ennis-Hill helps to raise money for a cancer charity, and much more

Plus: Ricky Gervais, Eddie Redmayne, Wayne Rooney and Supernanny

Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill

The Olympic champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill is encouraging people to join her in the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's annual sponsored woodland walk. Ennis-Hill has called on people of all ages to help her "Light the Night" by taking part in the charity's walk through Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield in October. Now in its fourth year, the event, which the athlete also attended in 2013, invites entrants to enjoy a 4.5km walk and raise funds through sponsorship.

The entrepreneur and Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne is hosting a fundraising ball for the charity Operation Smile. The event, which will take place on 6 November in Hastings, East Sussex, will raise funds for a medical mission to Ghana, which will carry out about 125 operations on children with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. Bannatyne has visited Vietnam and Mexico with the charity.

The England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been announced as the NSPCC's first ambassador for childhood. The charity says the footballer will promote its campaigns and services, particularly those that support fathers, and hopes his support will encourage more boys to speak out if they are suffering abuse or struggling to cope with depression or bullying. "I've spent time with NSPCC staff and volunteers in Manchester and I was really humbled by that experience," said Rooney.

The film and education charity Into Film has appointed the Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as ambassador. Redmayne got involved with the organisation when he joined teachers and students at its launch event in 2014. "I went to the Westminster Academy last year with Into Film and saw first-hand the impact that all aspects of film can have on young people – the power to inspire, connect and expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us," he said.

The actor Charlie Hardwick, known for her role as Val Pollard in the ITV soap Emmerdale, has become a patron of BHA, a health equality charity that provides HIV support and prevention services. Hardwick's character Val Pollard was diagnosed with HIV after a holiday fling. She said: "I was fortunate to meet and become involved with the people at BHA Skyline in Leeds. Their support, encouragement and candour informed the unfolding story and how I played it, and many clinics in Britain reported an increase in people coming forward to be tested directly as a result of the storyline."

The TV presenter and singer Rochelle Humes has been announced as the first female celebrity ambassador for Haven House Children's Hospice in Woodford Green, Essex. She said: "I'm really pleased to be an ambassador for a charity that does so much for life-limited children and families. I grew up in the area, so I know first-hand about its positive impact on the local community."

The Dyspraxia Foundation has appointed the singer Jamie Lambert, from the boyband Collabro, as its first celebrity ambassador. Lambert, who was diagnosed with dyspraxia, a learning difficulty, 14 years ago, will be helping to promote the charity's work and the support and resources it provides for young people who live with the condition.

Stars from the world of stand-up, including the comedian, actor and writer Tommy Tiernan and the comedy duo Max and Ivan, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August in aid of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Other acts to take part in Stand Up For Shelter included the comedians Simon Munnery, Sarah Kendall and Rob Beckett, and the Absolute Radio DJ Christian O'Connell.

The TV personality Jo Frost, better known as Supernanny, has become a celebrity patron of the Anaphylaxis Campaign to help raise awareness of anaphylaxis and life-threatening allergies. The charity said Frost's personal experience of living with food allergies and her childhood development expertise would help the charity's work of educating children, adolescents and adults about the issues of health and safety in relation to food allergies.

The naturalist, writer and TV presenter Steve Backshall supported WWF's forest campaign at the music event Camp Bestival in Dorset. Backshall inspired festival-goers to help save forests and protect some of the world's most endangered animals by adding a personal touch to the forest-themed mural on the charity's stand.

The comedian Ricky Gervais, the fashion guru Gok Wan, the footballer Michael Owen, the former model Katie Price and the singer Alesha Dixon have all showed their support on Twitter for PDSA's Vet Your Clothes campaign, which aims to get members of the public donating their unwanted clothes, shoes or accessories to its shops. Wan's image has been featured on posters at all of the veterinary charity's 160 charity shops across the UK.

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