Celebrities: Victoria Wood, Dizzee Rascal, Nigel Mansell, Griff Rhys Jones, Daniel Roche

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

Daniel Roche
Daniel Roche

Victoria Wood made a short film about the work of the Mines Advisory Group in Laos for the BBC, in which she watches a controlled explosion, meets an 11-year-old bomb victim and spends a day with the charity's all-female team of technicians clearing a farmer's land. The film was broadcast on 25 July and will be shown again on 29 July.

Musician Dizzee Rascal is fronting a competition led by the Media Trust to offer opportunities to aspiring young newspaper columnists.

Sixteeen to 21-year-olds are being offered the chance to enter a competition to write a column for The Sun and be 'mentored' by successful journalists. Dizzee Rascal said: "Everybody's got a talent, everybody's got a skill, some people just don't have the belief." The campaign is also being supported by Diana Vickers, a former contestant on The X Factor.

Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell has embarked on a 13-day, 1,200-mile cycle challenge around Britain to raise money for UK Youth. Mansell, who is president of the charity, will be joined by his two sons. There will also be sponsored guest riders every day. Mansell's fundraising target for the challenge is £1m.

Comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones has become president of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement. "I am delighted and honoured to be asked," he said. "Local people can help in making the places where we all live more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive - because they care. Civic Voice is the national spearhead for a nationwide movement that campaigns for better places and that tremendously underrated value - civic pride."

Actor Daniel Roche, who plays Ben in the BBC comedy Outnumbered, is helping to publicise the latest round of grants from environmental body Wren's Biodiversity Action Fund. The fund will support 10 charities in 2010, including the conservation charity Froglife. Ten-year-old Roche was photographed holding a British toad. "I like frogs and toads," he said. "The best thing about them is the way they get huge when they puff up their chins."

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