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Television presenter Noel Edmonds is a patron of the Exeter Leukaemia Fund

Noel Edmonds
Noel Edmonds

Noel Edmonds, the host of Channel 4 gameshow Deal or No Deal?, will personally fund and host a masquerade ball for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund in November to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Edmonds has been a patron of the charity since 1999, when he was invited by leukaemia specialist Dr Miles Joyner to visit the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and see the work Joyner and his team were doing.

"I was so impressed by the commitment and dedication of the staff that when I was invited to become patron of the Exeter Leukaemia Fund I didn't hesitate to accept the role," says Edmonds.

Two years later, Edmonds, who lives in Devon, created the ELF Corporate Club with the aim of raising funds for the charity from businesses in the south west.

"More than £300,000 has been raised by member organisations," he says. "It surprised me how many businesses have been touched by leukaemia."

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, last week announced the fifth 46664 Concert, which is to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on World Aids Day on 1 December.

Mandela began his 46664 campaign in 2003 to increase awareness of HIV/Aids through music, sport and culture. The organisation is named after Mandela's prisoner number when he was incarcerated on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa for his role in the activities of the anti-apartheid African National Congress.

"We are grateful that the city of Johannesburg has made it possible for 46664 to stage its first World Aids Day concert," said Mandela, who announced the event with Amos Masondo, executive mayor of the city. We look forward to being joined by thousands of citizens." The concert will feature acts from campaign patrons, including Bono from U2 and Annie Lennox.

- Yoko Ono visited Amnesty International's headquarters in London last month to celebrate the success of a CD of John Lennon songs released earlier this year to raise money for Amnesty and to raise awareness of the conflict in Darfur. The artist and former Beatle's wife granted Amnesty the rights to all of Lennon's post-Beatles songs and donated all music publishing royalties.

Footballer Ryan Giggs, Big Brother star Ziggy and TV presenter Jeff Brazier are supporting Cancer Research UK's Don't Need It? Donate It campaign. The initiative, which runs until mid-October, encourages men to donate clothes, CDs, books and homewares to CRUK shops and generate thousands of pounds worth of stock.

Andy Akinwolere, the Blue Peter presenter, has joined the Media Trust as an ambassador for its Youth Media team. "Young people deserve opportunities in the media as a rule of evolution," says Akinwolere. "If those of us in children's TV don't have the input of youngsters, how can we make the programmes they need to watch?"

Weather forecaster Sian Lloyd and Lee Mead, star of West End musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, showed off Beating Bowel Cancer badges on their bottoms as they celebrated being named Rears of the Year last month. The charity teamed up with the annual awards to raise awareness of bowel cancer. "If celebrities are prepared to put their rears in the spotlight, it shouldn't be too difficult for the rest of us to share our own rear problems with our doctors," said Hilary Whittaker, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer.

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