- Tom Jones this month visited a music therapy centre run by the charity Nordoff Robbins in north-west London. Jones spent time meeting beneficiaries of the charity, including two boys called Fiifi and Frankie. "I got to see first-hand how music therapy actually works - how it reaches people in a very deep way," said Jones. "I got just a glimpse of the internal world these boys live in. At the same time, I could see them responding to what was going on in the session - it was magical."
- The Duchess of Cornwall has become a patron of the National Literacy Trust. She took part in an event earlier this month at which she met children from St Augustine's Primary School in Westminster, London. They had been given a special bus ride to Clarence House and heard stories from authors including Jeremy Strong and Tommy Donbavand.
- The musician Sir Paul McCartney has donated a napkin on which he has written lyrics from the Beatles song Why Don't We Do It In The Road? to an auction that will raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. More than 20 songwriters, including Sting, Annie Lennox, Eric Clapton and Gary Barlow, have given items to the auction, which is being organised by the music licensing body PRS for Music and will take place at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, on 15 December.
- Celebrities including the actors Michael Sheen, Joanna Page and Mathew Horne, and the comedian Ronnie Corbett, have produced 'paw prints' - they drew around their hands and added their own designs - to raise funds for the animal charity Cats Protection. The prints will go under the hammer on the auction website eBay in December.
- The actor Sian Phillips, who starred in the BBC adaptation of I, Claudius in the 1970s, has become a patron of the charity Raft, which carries out research into ways to repair skin disfigurements.
The former England footballer and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas made an appearance at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in Birmingham on 17 November.