Celebrities

Max Clifford, Jeremy Paxman and Krishnan Guru-Murthy are among the celebrities promoting causes this week

Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford becomes vice-president of the National Society for Epilepsy. Clifford was diagnosed with epilepsy nearly 20 years ago. "I hope that by becoming vice-president I can help to raise the profile of epilepsy," he said. The charity has 18 vice-presidents, including Conservative Party leader David Cameron, whose late son Ivan suffered from a form of the condition.

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman and author Bill Bryson are among the celebrities caricatured for a new book to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The book, People of the Day 4, was published on 10 July and all profits will be donated to the charity. Paxman told the publisher: "I hope you raise lots of money - but you had better give the caricature greyer hair."

Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson will host a charity golf match between the England and Australia cricket teams this week. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Child Bereavement Charity. England captain Andrew Strauss, Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Australian spin bowler Shane Warne are expected to attend.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, former United player Dwight Yorke and actors James Nesbitt and Ralf Little took part in a golf challenge this month to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. An auction at a gala dinner after the event raised more than £50,000 for the charity.

Model and TV personality Katie Price hosted a polo event for visual impairment charity Vision. At the event she signed merchandise that will be sold to raise funds for the charity. Price's seven-year-old son Harvey is blind. Earlier this year, she ran the London Marathon in support of the charity.

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy has become a patron of children's charity the International Childcare Trust. He first became involved with the charity in 2004 when his wife paid for him to sponsor a child at the charity's Vilpatti Village project in India as a Christmas present. As patron, he will share his experiences of sponsoring a child and encourage others to take part in the charity's child sponsorship scheme. When he was appointed patron, Guru-Murthy announced on social networking website Twitter: "Am now patron of the brilliant International Childcare Trust, where I sponsor a little girl in India."

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