Celebrities: Sara Cox, Simon Weston, David Mitchell, Liz Smith, Josie Gibson, Steve Thompson

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


Artists including Jools Holland, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and DJ Sara Cox, plus bands The Feeling and Hard-Fi, have recorded songs for an album to be sold to raise funds for youth charity Centrepoint. Prince William helped to launch the album, which features cover versions of songs from 1969, the year the charity was founded.

Simon Weston, who suffered severe burns during the Falklands War in 1982, has become a patron of Autism Plus."I was pleased to be asked to be their patron because this is an organisation that thinks in the same way as me," he said. "I hope in a small way I can help it to get more recognition."

Comedian David Mitchell will play quizmaster at the St John Ambulance annual Brain Game fundraiser on 20 October in London.

Liz Smith helps the Stroke AssociationActor Liz Smith, best known for her role as Nana in The Royle Family, showed support for the Stroke Association by visiting a stroke club in Worthing. Smith, who is 88, suffered three strokes 18 months ago.

Josie Gibson, who won the last series of Big Brother, visited one of cancer support charity Clic Sargent's 'homes from home' this month. They offer free self-catering accommodation close to hospitals where families can stay while their children are having cancer treatment. Gibson, who visited the home in Bristol, donated £20,000 of her £100,000 prize for winning the reality TV show to Clic Sargent.

England rugby union player Steve Thompson also visited a home from home, this one run by the Sick Children's Trust. Thompson officially opened two new playrooms at the home in Leeds on behalf of rugby charity Wooden Spoon, which gave £25,000 for the new facilities.


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