Celebrities: Sir Ian Botham, Amir Khan, John Pickard, Patsy Palmer

Famous names raise cash and awareness this week

Amir Khan
Amir Khan

Sir Ian Botham will mark the 25th anniversary of his famous John O'Groats to Land's End walk for Leukaemia Research with another big fundraising challenge.

From 10 to 19 April next year, 'Beefy' will be walking through 10 towns, starting in Manchester and making his way to London by a roundabout route through Birmingham, Bristol and Reading.

"My walk in 2010 will be extra special for me because it marks 25 years since I did my first walk and the 50th birthday of Leukaemia Research," said Botham, who is president of the charity. He promised to continue taking part in fundraising events "until we beat childhood leukaemia".

Boxer Amir Khan is supporting YouthNet and the British Youth Council's Respect? campaign.

The initiative, which is also being supported by hip-hop act Foreign Beggars, is encouraging 16 to 24-year-olds to use the internet to hit back at media coverage that portrays young people in a bad light.

John Pickard, who plays Dom in Hollyoaks, is offering fans who have donated £10 or more to his various running challenges over the course of 2009 the chance to meet the soap's cast and tour the set.

EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer is calling on mothers to take part in Yummy Mummy Week 2010 in support of Clic Sargent.

The event runs from 6 to 14 March, ending on Mothering Sunday. "It's all about getting together with friends and family to raise money for families affected by childhood cancer," she said.



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