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Daniel Radcliffe and Jonathan Ross are doing their bit for charity this week.

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has become a major donor to Get Connected, which provides an advice helpline for young people. Radcliffe has become one of the charity's 'best friends', which means he will give at least £1,000 a year to the charity. "I see Get Connected as much more than just a gateway for information," he said. "It is a friend to thousands of young people across the UK."

More than 300 guests, including comedian and TV presenter Paul O'Grady, former Coronation Street actor Amanda Barrie and writer Stella Duffy, attended gay rights charity Stonewall's 20th birthday party. Actor Sir Ian McKellen, a founder member of the charity, made a speech at the event. The party raised more than £6,000 for Stonewall's Education for All campaign, which tackles homophobic bullying in Britain's schools.

- Jonathan Ross has donated a designer suit he wore during one of his chat shows to the British Heart Foundation's Big Donation campaign. The suit was put up for auction on eBay on 15 September in a 10-day sale. The X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue, former Spice Girl Mel C and singer Alesha Dixon have also donated items to the sale.

Cyclist Mark Cavendish joined 100 fundraisers on a bike ride from Edinburgh to London. The 540-mile route took six days to complete and raised almost £90,000 for the charity Right to Play.

- TV presenter Carol Smillie and DJ Suzie McGuire have launched a new fundraising campaign for the Yorkhill Children's Foundation in Glasgow. The Frock and Roll campaign encourages people to donate clothes to the charity and raise money by selling them at a party in Glasgow on 24 October.

- Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has become a patron for Children's Hospices UK. He took up the role at the beginning of Children's Hospice Week on 19 September. "Children's hospice services are a lifeline to thousands of children and young people who are not expected to live to reach adulthood - and their families," he said. "I hope that by supporting Children's Hospices UK, I can help raise awareness of all children's hospices and their need for ongoing public support, particularly during the recession."

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