Celebrities

This week, Star Wars actor David Prowse takes part in a "manbag" auction

- Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and West End cabaret artist Alison Jiear took to the stage last month at an awards ceremony organised by education charity Teach First. The charity, which recruits graduates to work in disadvantaged schools in England for a minimum of two years, was celebrating the achievements of its teachers and ambassadors and raising awareness of education inequalities. Horwood and Jiear showed off their dancing skills by waltzing with the winners.

- Double Grand National-winning jockey Richard Dunwoody walked 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society. Dunwoody, whose father has dementia, was joined by former footballer Micky Quinn in their version of the charity's annual Memory Walk fundraiser. During the walk, the pair wore chic wellington boots and Quinn organised a Celebrity Fit Club-style warm-up session beforehand. "It's a tough but exhilarating challenge," said Dunwoody. "Walking is a fantastic way to keep fit and raise money."

- Tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray joined pupils from Heavers Farm Primary School in Croydon, south London, last month to unveil new playground facilities acquired through school grounds charity Learning Through Landscapes. The charity, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, runs the Supergrounds programme to provide outdoor play equipment for community schools. Andy Murray said: "I know how important it is to get kids playing outside, and the Supergrounds scheme will make a real difference to how they develop."

DAVID PROWSE

Star Wars actor David Prowse took part in a 'manbag' auction in aid of the Prostate Cancer Charity last month. Prowse, who has talked openly about his battle with the disease, starred as Darth Vader in the original trilogy. He joined guests including singer Bert McCracken from US rock band The Used for the event at Punk nightclub in Soho, London, on 22 June. Celebrities were invited to design men's handbags to be sold through Manbagcompany.com, with proceeds going to the charity. Comedian Ricky Gervais and electropop band Depeche Mode were among the celebrities who took part. Prowse's creation featured a collage of his alter ego. "I will be calling on The Force to encourage people to bid and get them talking about a once taboo disease," he said.

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