Peter Crouch and Kirsty Wark get in touch with their charitable sides

Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch

Footballer Peter Crouch has visited the Limehouse Youth Centre in east London. Crouch, who visited its sports-based training and apprenticeship projects, told the young trainees: "Football teaches you to be disciplined and not lose your temper. Keep coming to initiatives like this and it will certainly help you."

Children's laureate Michael Rosen will support reading charity Readathon's new enrolment drive. The charity, which encourages children to read recreationally, runs a national sponsored reading event in schools. "It's great if you can read, but the question is: do you read?" said Rosen. "If you do, the world is yours. That is what Readathon is all about."

Comic rappers Goldie Lookin Chain will be raising money for homelessness charity Shelter Cymru through the release of their new single. Fans will be able to remix the track online and sell their new versions. The profits from the sales will be donated to the charity. Band member Eggsy said: "Shelter Cymru is our chosen charity, not only because it seems to be the only charity willing to work with us, but also because it is running its Now Is The Time campaign to get derelict houses made habitable."

Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark is supporting the Mental Health Foundation's Tea and Talk fundraising campaign. The campaign encourages people to hold tea parties in the run-up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October. "This is an enjoyable way to spread the word that mental health issues will affect us all in some way during our lives," she said.

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