Celebrities: Kathy Lette, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Huw Edwards

A round-up of famous names supporting charities this week

Kathy Lette
Kathy Lette

Diversity, which won this year's Britain's Got Talent, entertained a 1,200-strong charity dinner audience that included the ITV show's judge, Simon Cowell, TV presenter Myleene Klass and comedian Ronnie Corbett, who hosted the event.

The group's energetic dance routine at the Norwood annual event helped to raise £2.7m for the charity, which works with people with learning disabilities.

TV presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Gethin Jones was among the famous faces who helped raise more than £75,000 for disability charity Scope at its Sporting Inspirations dinner in London on 18 November. BBC sports presenter John Inverdale interviewed World Cup-winning rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward in front of an audience including world champion gymnast Beth Tweddle, Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Linford Christie, England rugby player Sam Vesty and TV presenter Alastair Stewart, who hosted the event.

A bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher and a baseball cap signed by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton are among more than 50 lots in Save the Rhino International's online eBay auction.

BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards is urging people to help illuminate Trinity Hospice's Christmas tree by making donations towards its annual Light Up A Life appeal. For each donation, the charity will place a symbolic light on the tree to honour the life of a loved one.

Formula One world champion Jenson Button met 18-year-old Shaun Donovan of Swansea at the Brawn GP headquarters in Northamptonshire on 18 November. The meeting was organised by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Best-selling Australian author Kathy Lette has joined forces with singer Beverley Knight to support Plan UK's Christmas appeal, which encourages people to sponsor girls in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The Girls Without Voices campaign has been established to raise the status of girls in their communities and give them a better chance of going to school. 'Chick-lit' writer Lette, whose books include Mad Cows and Foetal Attraction, said: "We need to get educated on the importance of education. It's time girls were not imminent but eminent intellectuals."

Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for girls aged 15 to 19 in the developing world. Lette said: "Education means women get treated as equals instead of sequels."

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