Actress Emilia Fox and singer Tinchy Stryder are all doing their bit for charity this week

Tinchy Stryder
Tinchy Stryder

- Rapper Tinchy Stryder has become an ambassador for youth volunteering charity v's vinspired national awards, which reward 16 to 25-year-olds for positive contributions to their communities. He said: "I am really proud to be launching the awards. I think the work these young volunteers do is so important in helping themselves and their communities to grow." - Actor Joanna Lumley has become the patron of the Child Welfare Scheme, a small charity that supports children in Nepal. Lumley said: "I have been inspired by the work that the Child Welfare Scheme does for some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised children in Nepal. I hope that my involvement will help to make a positive difference to their lives."

- Actor Emilia Fox is supporting a nationwide advertising campaign launched by Ovarian Cancer Action to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. "Like most women, I was completely unaware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer before I got involved in Ovarian Cancer Action," she said. "I hope the campaign goes some way towards improving awareness of its symptoms."

- Helena Bonham Carter, actor and patron of muscular dystrophy charity Action Duchenne, has called on health minister Andy Burnham to provide more funds for research into treatments for the condition. "Recent developments are very exciting, but are still thwarted by lack of funds," she said. "It is incredibly important that single-gene disorders such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are not left behind in the rush to treat more widespread diseases."

- Indie rock band Arctic Monkeys have announced that their new single will be available to buy only in Oxfam shops and independent record stores, with proceeds going to the charity. The single, Crying Lightning, will be released on 17 August.

- Dame Shirley Bassey is one of many celebrities who have donated items found in their attics to raise money for the Children's Society. Bassey donated a signed pair of designer shoes to the charity's Attic Amnesty Auction, which ends on eBay on 16 August. Bassey said: "It's good to have a clear-out once in a while, especially for such a great cause." Pop star Kylie Minogue, actor Emma Watson and singer Tom Jones have also donated goods.    


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