Stars from stage and screen have trodden the boards in London this month to raise £400,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke

Gala charity show One More Time featured performances by Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, West End singer Ruthie Henshall and The X Factor runner-up and Grease star Ray Quinn. Other celebrities who have shown their support include TV presenters Gaby Roslin, Patrick Kielty and Donna Air, with surprise screen messages from pop group Girls Aloud and ITV double act Ant and Dec.

Work by artist Tracey Emin and fashion designer Matthew Williamson will feature in an exhibition to celebrate the Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Proud Gallery in Camden, London, from 27 October to 1 November. The funds raised will go to Mencap.

Former Catatonia lead singer Cerys Matthews has designed some wellington boots to raise money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Writer and entertainer Pam Ayres and the children of Conservative leader David Cameron also spruced up some wellies to promote the charity's Welly Week, which ran from 10 to 17 October.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom, hip hop and pop artist Just Jack and Fyfe Dangerfield, front man of indie band Guillemots, will join forces at a fundraising concert for War Child at London's Bloomsbury Ballroom on 28 November. Radio DJ Lauren Laverne will host an after-show party.

Alexandra Burke

The winner of last year's The X Factor has launched My Voice, a new campaign by Diabetes UK aimed at children and young people. Her mother, former Soul II Soul singer Melissa Bell, has type 2 diabetes. My Voice has been started to help people under 18 with diabetes to campaign about the challenges they face.

"The fantastic thing about it is that young people will not only help campaign for real improvements, but will also have the chance to develop and learn skills, meet new people and have fun doing it too," said Burke.

"I really believe that young people have the power to make a difference."

Young people who sign up to the campaign will receive a letter from Burke and a bag containing information on campaigning.

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