Celebrities: Muriel Gray, Nathaniel Parker, Goldie, Jenni Falconer and Lyndon Ogbourne

Famous names supporting charities this week

The Scottish author and presenter has fronted a Radio 4 appeal for Contact a Family, which helps families with disabled children. Gray is a mother of three and her middle daughter, Rowan, has severe disabilities caused by an accident when she was a toddler.

"My family is one of hundreds of thousands in the UK who care for a child with a disability," she said. "We have the same hopes and dreams as other families, but we also have enormous challenges. Contact with other parents who are experiencing the same is absolutely essential."

- Lyndon Ogbourne, who plays 'nasty' Nathan Wylde in Emmerdale, has agreed to support a number of Macmillan Cancer Support events in Leeds. He will take part in one of the charity's flagship coffee mornings, will run the Leeds 10k for the charity and will help to generate publicity for the run by being photographed in the Emmerdale village in a Macmillan T-shirt.

- GMTV presenter Jenni Falconer will take part in a charity bike ride to raise money for the Prince's Trust. Falconer, who is an ambassador for the charity, will be joined by 3,000 other riders for the 45-mile bike ride around London in September. Other celebrities taking part include radio presenters Neil Fox and Angie Greaves and TV presenter Fern Britton.

- Nathaniel Parker, who plays the title role in the BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, has become a patron of the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy. "Epilepsy seems to be something that is swept under the carpet in wider society and I am delighted to be helping to bring it to the fore," he said.

- The electronic music artist and DJ Goldie has opened a new Astroturf football pitch that was partly funded by the Football Foundation. The pitch, at William Tyndale Primary School in Islington, north London, will be available for local sports groups to hire as well as for school games such as rounders, hockey and cricket.

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