Celebrities: Simon Cowell, Fiona Phillips, Johnny Vegas, Nigel Planer, Katherine Jenkins

- Music mogul Simon Cowell signed pictures for young fans and took part in a Q&A session with families during a visit to Christopher's, a Chase children's hospice. The X Factor judge recently became patron of Children's Hospices UK, the national children's hospice umbrella body.

- Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips is asking people to put on the kettle on 1 February to support people coping with dementia by raising money for Admiral Nurses. Phillips, whose mother was diagnosed with the disease, is patron of the Time for a Cuppa campaign, run by For Dementia, which supports Admiral Nurses.

- Comedian Johnny Vegas has put his face to a new campaign by Scottish animal protection charity Advocates for Animals. The star appears next to a bear above the slogan "We're not that different". Singer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon and presenter Paul O'Grady appear in similar adverts, next to a cat and dog respectively, as part of the charity's OneKind campaign.

- Actor Nigel Planer will hope to show more intelligence than his hippie alter ego Neil from 1980s anarchic comedy The Young Ones when he appears on Celebrity Mastermind later this year. The actor will be raising money for the Families Need Fathers charity, of which he is patron.

- Princess Alice Hospice has held an auction of celebrity dresses on website eBay. The charity sold items donated by actors Joanna Lumley and Dame Helen Mirren, presenter Fearne Cotton and girl band The Saturdays. The event raised £2,740 for the charity, with a vintage-style dress from singer Paloma Faith proving the most popular at £510.

- Classical singer Katherine Jenkins has become an ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support, joining broadcaster Fearne Cotton, singer George Michael, newsreader Kay Burley and actor Martin Clunes.

Macmillan helped the Welsh soprano's late father, and Katherine and her sister Laura have since worked to raise awareness and funds for people affected by cancer. The singer, who said it was an honour to be an ambassador, helped raise more than £40,000 for the charity last year with a carol concert. This year she supported its flagship fundraiser, the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Paul Jarvis and Kate Youde.

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