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Alexander Armstrong provided the after-dinner entertainment at Asthma UK's annual gala dinner at London's Middle Temple.

Alexander Armstrong at Asthma UK's annual gala dinner
Alexander Armstrong at Asthma UK's annual gala dinner

The comedian was one of a number of famous faces at the event, including BBC newsreader Jon Sopel and Asthma UK's patron, former Prime Minister Sir John Major. The evening raised more than £100,000, with the Gala Auction offering prizes from star supporters such as Barbara Windsor, Annie Lennox and Lily Allen. One of the top lots was an original one-off jug featuring a cartoon created for Asthma UK by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh opened and participated in Breast Cancer Haven's first-ever High Heel-a-thon. The event saw people walking in high heels from Brewery Wharf to Clarence Dock in Leeds. "I think this is a fantastic event and as I'm a local girl I'm so excited to be part of such major activity for the city," she said.

Stonewall has brought together five of Britain's most prominent lesbians to highlight its campaign against homophobic bullying. Parliament's only out lesbian MP Angela Eagle, Booker Prize nominee Sarah Waters, presenter Amy Lame, writer Stella Duffy and comedian Rhona Cameron posed wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the campaign's slogan of "Some people are gay. Get over it!".

Richard Hughes, drummer in rock band Keane, has visited a death row prisoner in Georgia, USA with Amnesty International. The musician met Troy Davis, who has been on death row since 1991 after being found guilty of killing a police officer. The prisoner has always protested his innocence and last month was granted a new hearing by the US Supreme Court. "I am going to Georgia with Amnesty International to meet this remarkable man and his family, to show my support for him and to try to shine a little light on his case and the terrible effects of continuing to execute people in the name of justice," said Hughes. "I am totally against the death penalty."

Philip 'Pantsman' Taylor

The estate agent who made his name on The Apprentice by coming up with the character 'Pantsman', was running for Water Aid at this year's Great North Run. Although he tried to distance himself from the character when he was fired by Sir Alan Sugar in the show, he now seems to have embraced it. "We can all take clean water for granted, but sadly that is not the case for more than two billion people in the world - that's a great reason to put Pantsman into action," he said. This year's Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan was also at the event, running in support of the Alzheimer's Society. "I feel privileged to be able to run the Bupa Great North Run to help raise awareness and funds for other families affected by dementia and lead the Alzheimer's Society team," said Siadatan.

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