Celebrities: Pixie Lott, Ben Fogle, Richard Hughes, Lorraine Kelly, Jilly Cooper

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

Singer Pixie Lott
Singer Pixie Lott


Pixie Lott has become a patron of Cardiac Risk in the Young, which provides screening for undiagnosed heart defects for people aged between 14 and 35. She sang at the House of Commons last week at a reception to mark the charity's 15th anniversary. "I've become a patron of Cry because it affects so many young people, and it's crazy that a seemingly fit and young person can just drop down dead," said Lott. "I feel it's important to raise awareness and will be using my new role to spread the word to young people."


The TV presenter Ben Fogle will be the host at a dinner in London on 21 October for the National Society for Epilepsy. The event will be held at Altitude 360 in Westminster and will raise funds for the charity's medical research.


Richard Hughes, the drummer from Keane, visited Harris Academy in Crystal Palace, south London, to launch a new education pack for Amnesty International. The publication, called A Matter of Life and Death, has been put together to help students to debate the death penalty.


Celebrities, including the GMTV presenter Lorraine Kelly, the impressionist Rory Bremner, the singer Beverley Knight, the actor Martin Clunes and the model Twiggy, have given their support to a Sightsavers initiative that highlights how £20 can save the sight of someone in the developing world. The campaign, which coincided with World Sight Day on 14 October, involved celebrities answering questions, including what they would spend their last £20 on: Kelly said a bottle of bubbly and Clunes said dog food.


St Richard's Hospice will hold a lunch with the author Jilly Cooper in Worcester to raise funds for the charity. Some of the proceeds from signed copies of her latest book will go to the hospice.


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