Roger Daltrey, lead singer of rock band The Who, has helped disability charity Norwood to launch a new employment service for adults with learning disabilities.The group held a concert to help fund the RD Crusaders WorkHub in Stanmore, north-west London, in May 2008. Former England and Arsenal footballer Ray Parlour has become a patron of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. His involvement with the charity was marked by a press launch last week at North Weald Airfield in Epping Forest. "It is an absolute pleasure to be a patron of such an essential and worthwhile charity," he said.
Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood and singer Alexandra Burke volunteered in Sue Ryder Care's Muswell Hill shop in north London to mark the launch of Radio 1Xtra's Local Hero campaign. The campaign will encourage the station's listeners to volunteer by showcasing celebrities taking part in a variety of 'taster sessions'.
Soap actor Elizabeth Estensen has donated a wedding outfit she wore on Emmerdale to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability. The outfit will be sold at an auction in May to raise money for the charity's The Hill residential service in Sandbach, Cheshire. Other donations include a tie from chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson, boxing gloves from former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton and dancing shoes from ballroom dancer Anton Du Beke.
Cilla Black, the Liverpudlian entertainer, is backing Breast Cancer Care's Strawberry Tea campaign, which will encourage people to hold strawberry-themed fundraising events this summer. "Whatever your plans this summer, it's really easy to fit in a strawberry tea party for Breast Cancer Care," she said. "Like so many of us, I have friends who have been affected by breast cancer and holding a strawberry tea is my way of giving something back to a wonderful cause."