Celebrities: Orlando Bloom gives his help to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Plus: Andy Murray, Caroline Quentin, Rachel Riley, Dame Penelope Keith and Rosemary Conley

Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is raising money to redevelop its Middlesex site by means of an animated film with a voiceover from the actor and former patient Orlando Bloom. He said he was honoured to help the RNOH, which treated him after he suffered a "terrifying" and potentially paralysing back injury in his 20s. "Thanks to the expertise and dedication of my surgeon and of everyone at the RNOH who looked after me, I made a miraculous recovery," he said.

Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb, who played a husband-and-wife couple in the television comedy Gavin and Stacey, reunited to back this year's Macmillan Cancer Support World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Both are long-term supporters of the charity. The event, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, takes place on 25 September.

The tennis player Andy Murray showed his support for the wildlife charity WWF at the US Open last month by sporting its panda logo on his sleeve. Murray, a WWF global ambassador, said: "While the spotlight will be on the players during the tournament, I hope that supporters will also take a moment to find out more about WWF's work."

The former England footballer Chris Powell has become an ambassador for the Football Foundation. The charity, funded by the Premier League, the FA and Sport England, uses the money to develop better grass-roots sports facilities.

The actor Caroline Quentin is voicing a TV advert for Coeliac UK to raise awareness of the symptoms of coeliac disease. Quentin, who has the condition, is also a patron of the charity. The 30-second advert is being shown on ITV, Sky 1 and Dave; the charity hopes to reach the estimated half a million people in the UK with undiagnosed coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition caused by an intolerance to gluten.

The ballroom dancer and TV presenter Anton du Beke will lead a group of stars who are taking part in Dance Power, an event to raise funds for the British Red Cross. Among those joining du Beke at London's Theatre Royal on 11 October will be the singer Elaine Paige and the flamenco star Paco Peña. Dance Power has been organised and produced by the broadcaster and Red Cross vice-president Angela Rippon, who has run the event since 1999.

Countdown's Rachel Riley and the TV presenter AJ Odudu joined more than 700 people to climb the stairs of London's Gherkin building and raise money for the NSPCC. Riley, who climbed the Gherkin's 38 floors in 8 minutes 52 seconds, said: "Every step I've taken to reach the top has been totally worth the amazing views over London – you can see for miles and miles. I think I'll be taking the lift back down, though."

Leuchie House, which offers respite breaks for people with long-term conditions and their families, has appointed the former Scotland rugby player Gavin Hastings as a patron. Hastings, whose wife Diane was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2003, has been a supporter of Leuchie since he volunteered his services as host for the charity's flagship fundraiser, the Ascot Gold Cup Tea, in 2014 and 2015, raising £35,000.

Dame Penelope Keith broke the ground for the construction of a new Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The centre, run by the Royal British Legion, is due to open in late 2016 and is expected to receive 500,000 visitors a year. Keith was joined by Beth Molyneux, a 10-year-old Sea Cadet, who read her poem about wearing a poppy in memory of her father, who was killed on board HMS Astute in April 2011.

The Embarrassing Bodies presenter Dr Dawn Harper features in a short film that urges people to check for symptoms of mouth cancer as part of a new campaign from the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

The TV fitness instructor Rosemary Conley cut the ribbon at the newly revamped Woodside Animal Centre charity shop in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, on 21 August. The shop, which raises funds for Woodside, the Leicestershire branch of the RSPCA, re-opened after a three-week refurbishment. Animal lover Conley is a long-time supporter of the charity and recently gave diet advice to a team from the centre for its fundraising trek across the Arctic Circle.

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