Celebrities: Rob Lowe, Judith Chalmers, James Haydon, Esther Rantzen, Michelle Dockery

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

Rob Lowe with staff from Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Rob Lowe with staff from Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

The Hollywood actor Rob Lowe, star of The West Wing, visited Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance headquarters in Princethorpe, Coventry, on 28 May to meet the crew. "Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance provides such a vital service and saves so many lives," he said. "It was fantastic to see it close up and meet the crew and the team that works so hard behind the scenes."

The broadcaster Judith Chalmers presented a 16-seat, wheelchair-accessible minibus to Swiss Cottage Specialist SEN School in London on behalf of the Lord's Taverners charity. The charity and the food retailer Waitrose funded most of the £49,000 cost of the minibus, with the school contributing about 20 per cent.

The motorcycle racer James Haydon has become a patron of Afghan Heroes, a charity that supports service personnel. Haydon will use his profile to raise awareness of the charity. "Our armed forces do an incredible job on behalf of our country every day in challenging circumstances," he said. "I am proud to be able to do my bit through motorcycling to help Afghan Heroes and all our troops."

The TV presenter Esther Rantzen opened the newly expanded National Association for People Abused in Childhood telephone support centre in Kennington, London last week. "Childhood abuse has devastating effects on people's lives," she said. "While the issue of childhood abuse remains taboo, we continue to fail to recognise the underlying impact of this abuse on many social and health issues. Organisations such as Napac provide a vital service to survivors of abuse".

The actor Michelle Dockery, the actor and author Julian Fellowes and the impressionist Rory Bremner have been made patrons of Changing Faces, the charity that supports people who have suffered facial disfigurements.

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