Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and actor Barbara Windsor are among the famous people doing their bit for charity this week

Arsene Wenger and Barbara Windsor support the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity
Arsene Wenger and Barbara Windsor support the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Actor Barbara Windsor joined Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger to launch the football club's partnership with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. The club aims to raise £500,000 to build a lung function unit at the hospital, where Windsor was once a patient.

"I'm so proud, as a lifelong fan of Arsenal, that they will be supporting the hospital charity, a cause I hold close to my heart," said Windsor. "It's been a while since I was a patient, but on countless visits since, I have seen first hand the amazing work that goes on."

Celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriott, Ken Hom and Gary Rhodes have donated recipes to support a campaign by WaterAid to encourage people to hold fundraising dinner parties. "The campaign is the perfect opportunity to share delicious food with friends while making a difference to the lives of millions of people worldwide who don't have access to clean water and sanitation," said Harriott. "Why not try my tasty recipe for seared chicken with mango salsa on a lazy summer's evening?" The charity said TV presenter Fern Britton and actor Joanna Lumley would also give their favourite recipes to the campaign.

Former world land speed record holder Richard Noble has become a patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. "We had motor neurone disease in my family in the 1990s," he said. "I was appalled by the awful and inevitable sequence of this dreadful disease and its seemingly random selection of victims. I resolve to do whatever I can to help the MNDA find the cause of this disease and eliminate it." Professor Stephen Hawking, who has lived with the disease for nearly 40 years, is also a patron of the charity.

EastEnders actor June Brown has launched a series of video podcasts to support dementia charity the Lewy Body Society. In one of the podcasts, Brown, who is a patron of the charity, discusses her experiences of dealing with the disease, from which her husband, actor Bob Arnold, died in 2003.

DJ Seb Fontaine will play at an event on 9 September to support learning disability charity Mencap. Funds raised at the Rock the Boat party in Camden, London, organised by Mencap's beneficiaries, will be donated to the charity.

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