Celebrities: Nicholas Hoult, Richard Dunwoody, Will Young, Newton Faulkner and Fern Britton

This week's round-up of famous people supporting charitable causes

Actor Nicholas Hoult supported this month's Christian Aid Week by visiting a project in Kenya's Nairobi slums that provides clean water and sanitation for thousands of people. The About a Boy and Skins star had already visited the district of Matopeni, where 2,000 people live in 300 tiny houses without access to clean water.

"When you first see the sewage and the cramped living conditions and experience the smell, it's stifling," he said. "The only comparison I can make with home life is that it's like a music festival where you can't get out, the toilets never get cleaned and there's no music. That really doesn't do justice to it. All those I met there were in a vulnerable situation but showing great strength."

Champion jockey Richard Dunwoody will trek part of the Great Wall of China in September as part of a 12-day fundraising challenge for the Animal Health Trust. The charity, based in horse racing centre Newmarket in Suffolk, hopes to raise more than £25,000 through the event.

Singer Will Young has signed up to support youth charity Catch22 and be a mentor for young people involved with the organisation. The Pop Idol winner recently visited youth inclusion project Kennington Kickstart in London, one of more than 90 services the charity runs across the country.

Singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner is headlining this year's Ambition Gig at London's Koko venue on 3 June to raise money for autism charity TreeHouse. Jack Savoretti, whose music has featured on US television shows Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill, and Radio 1 DJ Greg James are also supporting the event.

TV presenter Fern Britton is encouraging people to organise afternoon tea parties by fronting the Chilterns Big Brew, run by the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home. The charity, which provides specialist nursing care for patients in the Chilterns area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, is coinciding its initiative with the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

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