Former footballer Eric Cantona helps raise cash for the Football Foundation

David Cameron
David Cameron

Conservative Party leader David Cameron might not appear to have much in common with Hollywood stars Scarlett Johansson and Ben Affleck, but they've all filmed viral video adverts asking viewers to donate £5 to the Aegis Trust through its Candles for Rwanda campaign, marking the 15th anniversary of the genocide. All three have visited Rwanda to show their support for reconstruction efforts there. The charity says it hopes to show the adverts on television.

Footballer turned actor Eric Cantona and film director Ken Loach went to an east London football ground recently to support sports charity the Football Foundation. The pair held a Q&A session with teenagers at Mile End Park. Cantona told the young people: "When I was a child I wanted to be a football player; I had this dream and I had a lot of passion for the game." The pair were promoting their new film, Looking For Eric.

Writer, comedian and actor Michael Palin has learned a few words of Somali to promote Refugee Week's Simple Acts campaign. "It is all about relating to fellow human beings who have found themselves in extraordinary circumstances and finding common ground with them," he said.


Dame Helen Mirren joins fellow actor Sir David Jason, comedian Jo Brand, broadcaster Chris Tarrant and Olympic swimming gold medallist Rebecca Adlington in supporting the Young Carers Festival later this month. The event, organised by the Children's Society and the YMCA, aims to give young carers a break from their responsibilities and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Mirren said: "For many young carers the festival is their only chance to get together, chill out, meet friends and enjoy a weekend away from everyday responsibilities."

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