Celebrities

This week, actress Jane Asher hosts the Parkinson's Disease Society's Christmas Carol Concert while Lionel Blair features on an interractive Christmas card to raise funds for Elizabeth Finn Care.

Lionel Blair's interactive Christmas card for Elizabeth Finn Care
Lionel Blair's interactive Christmas card for Elizabeth Finn Care

- Actor Jane Asher hosted the Parkinson's Disease Society's Christmas Carol Concert at Central Hall in London on 10 December. Asher, who is president of the society, was joined by actor and comedian Michael Palin and actor Richard Briers.

She said: "This event is a great way of celebrating the wonderful work done by everyone involved with the society as well as helping us to raise vital funds to help support those living with the condition."

- The Mines Advisory Group held a celebrity shoe auction on eBay earlier this month. The lots include a signed pair of ankle boots worn by comedian Russell Brand, knee-high Prada boots worn on stage by singer Geri Halliwell and trainers signed by all the members of boy band Take That. Other celebrity shoes up for grabs included pairs from former prime minister Tony Blair, The Who guitarist Pete Townshend and actor Sir Ian McKellen.

- Lionel Blair

Supports: Elizabeth Finn Care

Blair, the entertainer and television presenter, is featuring in an interactive Christmas e-card for Elizabeth Finn Care, the support charity for financially vulnerable people. In it, recipients are encouraged to make him tap dance on a frozen lake until he breaks through the ice and falls in, after which they will be invited to register with the charity to win lunch with Blair.

"Elizabeth Finn is a charity more people should know about because finding yourself in need of financial support can happen to anybody at any time," says Blair, who will celebrate his 60th year in showbusiness in 2009.

"It's something I can relate to from personal experience. When I was a kid, my dad, who was a barber, died. My family were lucky because all the barber shops in the area put together a collection, and that was what we lived on until I got a job and could help to support them myself.

"There are people living beneath the poverty line in the 21st century through no fault of their own - to help people like that is terribly important."

 - Graham Willgoss, graham.willgoss@haymarket.com

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