Celebrities: Liam Neeson, Martin Clunes, Sonia O'Sullivan, Chris Hollins and Ali Bastian

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

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

- Liam Neeson was one of four celebrities to be pictured with pink handbags to show support for Cancer Research UK. Fellow actor Martin Clunes, director Michael Winner and former England footballer Les Ferdinand were all photographed for the charity, which will be selling a range of pink items in its shops during October to tie in with Breast Cancer Awareness Month."Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK - this means there aren't many families that haven't been affected by it in some way, and mine is no exception," said Neeson.


- Sonia O'Sullivan, who won a silver medal for Ireland in the 5,000m at the Olympic Games in 2000, raised money for two leukaemia charities by overtaking more than 25,000 people during the Great North Run on 19 September. O'Sullivan started in last place and was sponsored for every runner she overtook, raising funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Children's Leukaemia Association at Cork's Mercy University Hospital in Ireland.


- England and Harlequins rugby union players Danny Care and Ugo Monye and BBC sports presenter Chris Hollins showed their support for Help for Heroes at last week's Brut Race for Recovery event, where members of the public who made donations to the charity took military fitness tests.


-Boy band JLS are supporting a campaign by young people's sexual health charity Brook. The band has named Brook as the first organisation that will receive support from its recently launched JLS Foundation.


- Former Hollyoaks and The Bill actor Ali Bastian last week launched the Big Brew Up to raise money for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Forces Help. "There's nothing like a cup of tea to remind you of home," she said. "People can hold their own Big Brew Ups and think about the dedication of our troops."

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