This week, actor Christopher Biggins and olympic ski jumper Eddie "the eagle" Edwards do their bit for charity.

Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage

Biggins, who has type 2 diabetes, is joined by former rower Sir Steve Redgrave, TV presenters Dominic Littlewood, Eamonn Holmes and Phillip Schofield, comedian Amy Lame and Cheryl Fergison, who plays Heather Trott in EastEnders.

Former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight world boxing champion Chris Eubank is the first ambassador of Gamcare, the problem gambling advice charity. Eubank was the star attraction at the charity's annual conference on 19 October. The event was held on Responsible Gambling Awareness Day, which is organised by the gambling industry to encourage its customers to gamble responsibly. "I know from my own experience how easy it can be to be sucked into the gambling habit," said Eubank. "Talking to Gamcare's helpline and counselling team really brought home to me the nature and seriousness of the problem."

Olympic ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards entertained guests at an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of charity shop chain Wandsworth Oasis Trading, which helps people with HIV in the London borough. Edwards, who famously came last in the ski jump competition at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, spoke about the value of participation.

Beneficiaries of the Warrior Programme, a charity that helps traumatised ex-servicemen, joined celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio on a hunt for the nation's most treasured mushrooms last week. The quest, on the Earl of Abergavenny's estate near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was followed by some mushroom cooking.

Comedians Felix Dexter and Danny 'Slim' Gray topped the bill at two free shows last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations. The shows - part of London Black History Month - also featured Somali comic Prince Abdi.

Nicolas Cage

It can be a fillip to your fundraising if you have a Hollywood star living on your doorstep. The Royal United Hospital in Bath sent out a mailing to 90,000 residents in its catchment area, urging them to give to its Buy a Baby Brick campaign to raise funds for a new unit for premature babies. One was actor Nicolas Cage. The Con Air and Leaving Las Vegas star visited the hospital to lend his support, attracting huge interest from staff as well as getting to know two young patients. "It's a beautiful thing, what the staff are doing here," said Cage. "They care so much about the children, but it is clear that they need more space."


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