Scottish actor Alan Cumming has become the first celebrity ambassador for the National Trust for Scotland. To mark the occasion, Cumming will help launch the charity's Twitter feed. "As I grow older I feel a stronger connection with Scotland and I want to make sure our collective past is in safe hands for the future," he said. Olympic silver medallist Iwan Thomas gave a motivational talk at a 'mini-Olympics' tournament organised by the Football Foundation. The event, part of sport-based social inclusion project Kickz, took place in Enfield, north London, on 19 August. "The Kickz Olympics is a great idea," said the former 400m runner. "Anything to get kids off the street and doing something proactive gets a thumbs up from me."
EastEnders actor Charlie Brooks has become an ambassador for the National Centre for Domestic Violence. Brooks, who plays Janine in the soap, said she felt strongly about domestic violence. "I was overwhelmed by the speed at which the charity can offer help to those who are in a desperate situation," she said.
Actor Zoe Wanamaker has become the first celebrity ambassador for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign's Big Stride Campaign. The campaign, which encourages people to organise sponsored walks, has raised £50,000 during the past year and the charity hopes to expand it. "Organising a Big Stride walk is a great way to raise money, keep fit and enjoy some gorgeous scenery," said Wanamaker.
Rock bands Limp Bizkit, Fightstar and Machine Head have signed a Marshall amplifier that will be sold on auction website eBay to raise money for mental health charity YoungMinds. The charity hopes to raise more than £1,000 through the sale to fund workshops for children and young people.
Comedian Alan Carr has backed gay rights charity Stonewall's latest campaign, which aims to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. The slogan 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' was devised by school pupils.
"I was bullied at school for being gay, so I thought maybe I could do something to help," said Carr. "I don't want to be really pathetic about it and say, 'Well if I can stop one person being bullied ...' because that's not enough. Though of course one's better than none."
Singer Dannii Minogue, comedian Rhona Cameron and actor and Stonewall co-founder Sir Ian McKellen are also supporting the campaign.