Celebrities - Ricky Gervais, Katherine Jenkins, Marcus Trescothick, Dame Judi Dench

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

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais

- Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has joined the anti-vivisection campaign group Buav to launch Stop the Baby Trade, a campaign against the international trade in baby monkeys for animal research. Buav hopes to highlight the poor conditions monkeys endure in countries such as Mauritius, Vietnam and Cambodia. "Imprisoning monkeys and snatching their babies is a disgusting way to treat other primates," Gervais said.


- The cricketer Marcus Trescothick is supporting Time to Change, a campaign to end the stigma of mental illness, backed by the charities Mind, Rethink and Comic Relief, and the Big Lottery Fund. The campaign is expected to attract about 80,000 people and will promote the benefits of physical activity for mental health. Trescothick, who stood down from the England team because of mental illness, said he wanted to encourage more understanding of mental health problems in order to reduce discrimination against people who have them.

Katherine Jenkins running for Hafan Cymru


- The classical singer Katherine Jenkins took part in a 10k run in Swansea for Hafan Cymru, Wales's largest domestic abuse charity, last month. Jenkins ran with a group of friends as well as staff and beneficiaries of the charity, raising more than £7,000.


- The actress Dame Judi Dench presented an appeal on BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the British Lung Foundation last week. The charity is trying to find some of the millions of people in the UK who are unaware that they suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which covers several serious lung conditions, including bronchitis and emphysema. The BLF estimates that 3.7 million people are living with the disease in the UK, though only 900,000 people have been diagnosed.


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