Celebrities: Kirsten O'Brien, Bill Bryson, Elle Macpherson and Mark Foster

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

Presenters Kirsten O'Brien and Zoe Tyler will take part in the Miles for Missing People run on 13 March. O'Brien will run the 10km race in memory of her friend, the presenter Mark Speight, who committed suicide in April 2008.

Bill Bryson, the author and president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, is backing British Waterways' annual Towpath Tidy event, set up to encourage local communities to clean litter from towpaths. It starts on 1 March.

Former Scotland rugby international Scott Hastings is aiming to complete a series of runs totalling 700 miles during the Six Nations rugby tournament in support of the Run to France campaign by children's charity Radio Lollipop. The distance is the equivalent of running from Edinburgh to Paris.

Celebrities including model Elle Macpherson, singer Belinda Carlisle and chef Anthony Worrall Thompson supported a campaign by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics to raise awareness of its services. The campaign ran from 14 to 20 February.

Kimberly Wyatt of girl band the Pussycat Dolls has modelled a Wayne Hemingway dress fitted with lights and baubles to promote Cancer Research UK's night-time marathon, known as Shine. Five thousand people will take part in the run, which is in Manchester on 17 April.

Former international swimmer and one-time Strictly Come Dancing contestant Mark Foster is supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by posing in his underwear for a poster campaign. Foster has stripped down to his swimmers as part of a campaign involving a series of events in March to raise awareness of the disease. "Men can be reluctant to talk about their health, so I wanted to do my bit to bring prostate cancer out into the open and put it in everyone's consciousness," said Foster.

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