Celebrities: Michael Owen, Amanda Holden, Alistair McGowan, Barbara Windsor, Michelle McManus and David Ian

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

Michael Owen with Pudsey for BBC Children in Need
Michael Owen with Pudsey for BBC Children in Need

The Manchester United striker Michael Owen and Pudsey Bear launched an initiative for BBC Children in Need called BT Chat for Children. For this year's appeal, BT will donate 1p to Children in Need for every BT landline and phone box call and 25p for every call to the company's directory enquiry service on 12 November for this year's appeal.

The Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden hosted the ChildLine ball at the Savoy in London. The ball raised £340,000 for the ChildLine service, which is part of the NSPCC. Guests included newsreader Fiona Bruce and Zoe Smith, the 16-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winning weightlifter. Auction prizes included the last Big Brother diary chair, a trip to the Home & Away set in Australia and exotic holidays. Three former Britain's Got Talent finalists - dancer Stavros Flatley, the 14-year-old drummer Kieran Gaffney and the dance duo Twist and Pulse - provided the entertainment.

TV funnymen Alistair McGowan, Simon Day and Rhys Thomas have appeared in a short film for Friends of the Earth supporting calls for the Government to back food production that does not damage the rainforest. Friends of the Earth is highlighting the environmental impact of factory farming.

Actor Barbara Windsor is supporting a campaign called Harry's Million by the London children's hospice Richard House. It aims to raise £1m for the hospice in three years.

The TV presenter and singer Michelle McManus, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and the Gladiators stars Battleaxe joined Zumba enthusiasts in Scotland who danced to raise money for the social care charity Quarriers. Events were held at various locations in the country.

The West End producer David Ian has become an ambassador for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, which grants the wishes of young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.


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