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This week, Daley Thompson and Tessa Jowell get in touch with their charitable sides

Daley Thompson
Daley Thompson

Double Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson completed a 367-mile cycle ride from Manchester to Downing Street to deliver a report calling for more help for community sports facilities to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The report was commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which raises money for community sports projects. The former decathlete stopped at projects on the way and was joined by politicians Tessa Jowell and David Cameron, and fellow Olympic gold medallist Lord Coe during his ride. "I believe sport is a fantastic way to get kids off the streets and into more constructive activity," said Thompson. Impressionist Alistair McGowan and Oliver! star Jodie Prenger, who won BBC One's reality TV series I'd Do Anything last year, will appear in a celebration of musical theatre to raise money for children's cancer charity Clic Sargent. The show, Broadway to West End by Special Arrangement, will take place on 4 October at London's Theatre Royal on Drury Lane.

Television presenter and ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen was the speaker at the launch of a series of speed networking events to raise money for the charity. At the event, which was designed to help local businesses contact each other, she spoke about ChildLine's aims and achievements and encouraged guests to give generously. The event raised £2,432 for the charity.

EastEnders actor Charlie Brooks is supporting Breast Cancer Campaign's Pink Aerobics event, which will take place in London's Regent's Park on 27 September. She will take part in a three-hour aerobics session to launch a series of national Pink Aerobics events to raise funds for the charity throughout October. "Pink Aerobics is a fantastic way to get fit, improve your health and raise vital funds for breast cancer research," she said.

Radio 1 DJs Edith Bowman and Nick Grimshaw and indie rock bands Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand supported Shelter at last month's Glastonbury Festival. The charity launched a range of t-shirts at the festival honouring the late Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who supported the charity.

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