This week, Sir Ben Kingsley pens a sketch for the National Literacy Trust, while TV chef James Martin supports CSV's "Make A Difference Day."

TV chefs James Martin and Anthony Worrall Thompson are supporting CSV's Make a Difference Day on 25 October, encouraging people to be greener in the kitchen by cutting down on food waste. The charity says 3.3 million tonnes of food are wasted every year in Britain. CSV's How To Be a Greener Cook guide is free to anyone who requests it through its website.

Actor Sir Ben Kingsley, artist Grayson Perry and Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, have all contributed sketches on the backs of envelopes to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. Kingsley's envelope (pictured) is part of mail technology company Pitney Bowes' Pushing the Envelope charity auction and will be sold on eBay with the other designs from 7 October.

Dame Helen Mirren has been made a patron of Redbridge Carers Support Service. The actor, who won the best actress Oscar for her performance in The Queen, also donated £500 to the charity. "The courage of carers is something to be applauded, and their efforts and struggle must be helped," said Mirren. "How very important, then, to help those who are elderly or infirm, but who nonetheless dedicate themselves to their loved ones."

Austin Healey, the former England rugby player and contestant in the current series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, has been made a patron of the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity.


Supports: British Heart Foundation

Grylls, the adventurer and star of Born Survivor, is backing the British Heart Foundation's World Experiences initiative, which encourages people to take part in a trek or a bike ride next year to raise money for the charity.

The challenges planned by the foundation for 2009 include treks to Everest base camp, along the Great Wall of China and the Peru Inca Trail, and bike rides from London to Amsterdam and along the River Nile.

"I lost my dad to heart disease," says Grylls. "Anything I can do to raise awareness and support the foundation's World Experiences gets my thumbs up. We each get one life and life is for living."

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