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This week, Paul Merton, Ian Hislop, Sir Tom Jones and Lily Allen do their bit for charity.

Paul Merton and Ian Hislop support Trinity Hospice
Paul Merton and Ian Hislop support Trinity Hospice

- Prince William is to become patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds' philanthropic projects for three years from 2010. The 100 Women in Hedge Funds project, a global network of 10,000 professional women, was established in the US in 2001. A separate UK board was set up in 2006. Three charities that already have the prince's patronage will benefit: Centrepoint in 2010, the Child Bereavement Charity in 2011 and Skill Force in 2012. "It is a privilege for me to be patron of this wonderful endeavour," said Prince William.

- Items donated by singers Sir Tom Jones, Lily Allen and Ronan Keating have helped insurance firm RSA raise £12,000 for disability charity Motability at its Autumn charity ball auction. Held at Liverpool's Holiday Inn, the auction included concert tickets to see a variety of singers, hospitality at Everton FC and a signed Ashes cricket shirt.

- Stars in music and comedy signed up for this year's Concert for Care in aid of Care International. Rock band the Kaiser Chiefs and singers Gary Barlow and Badly Drawn Boy were among the musical acts billed to perform at London's Brixton Academy on 2 November. Gavin and Stacey actors James Corden and Rob Brydon were among the line-up of comedians on the night, along with Dara O'Briain and Little Britain star David Walliams.

- Celebrity Masterchef winner Jayne Middlemiss has launched the Dine at Mine fundraising campaign for Princess Alice Hospice. The television presenter and DJ is encouraging supporters to host food parties in their homes and ask guests to donate money to the charity. "Together food, friends and fundraising make Dine at Mine an exciting new campaign," she said.

- Paul Merton and Ian Hislop

The Have I Got News For You team captains are among comedians who have agreed to pose for pictures that are being sold for £250 each to raise money for Trinity Hospice in south-west London. The black and white prints in the Larger than Life series by photographer Rich Hardcastle have handwritten messages and signatures by the subjects. Merton's and Hislop's message is "There's nothing like tea and sympathy".

The theme of the portraits is 'life and laughter'. They are designed to show another side of end-of-life care and bereavement.

"In effect, 'life and laughter' is being used to fund a better way of dying," said Alba Lewis, director of fundraising at the charity. Among the other celebrities to feature on prints are comedians Jack Dee, Jimmy Carr, Dara O'Briain and Ricky Gervais.

 

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