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This week, Michael Parkinson talks about his regrets to raise money for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery's National Hospital Development Foundation, footballer Thierry Henry launches his own fashion line for his One 4 All Foundation and musician Peter Gabriel backs the Burma Campaign.

Parkinson: Eastwood didn't make the talk show host's day
Parkinson: Eastwood didn't make the talk show host's day

Michael Parkinson supports the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery's National Hospital Development Foundation

Michael Parkinson, the talkshow host, is one of several celebrities to have revealed the things they wish they had or had not done for the recently published Book of Regrets, from which all royalties will go to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery's National Hospital Development Foundation.

It was the consultants at the hospital who inspired Juliet Solomon, research manager at the Institute of Neurology, to compile confessions for the book as a fundraiser after she saw the work the institute does in the BBC2 series Brain Hospital last year. Parkinson laments turning down dinner with actor Clint Eastwood. He says: "My wife wanted to know how anyone who was not completely boring could turn him down."

Also among the 175 contributors to the book is author Tony Parsons, who regrets not running away with his former neighbour's wife 20 years ago.

Thierry Henry, the Barcelona and France footballer, launched his own fashion line in collaboration with designer Tommy Hilfiger earlier this month; profits will go to the One 4 All Foundation. The former Arsenal forward established the charity to fight racism and inequality. "Its aim is to help underprivileged kids," said Henry. "They are the future - one of them could be the future Prime Minister, but if you don't give them the chance, they won't."

Former England rugby player Kyran Bracken visited the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy last month to open a garden in memory of a former student. Kate Slaughter, who attended the centre's further education college, died last year from a condition called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Bracken says: "It has given me a chance to look at how special an environment the NCYPE is - a place where students are helped by teachers and carers who are angels."

Peter Gabriel, the musician, has backed the Burma Campaign's call for human rights and democracy in Burma, which is currently ruled by a military dictatorship. "I am appalled to see the brutality and killing that the military leaders are inflicting on their own people," says Gabriel. "I fully support the bravery of the monks, nuns and ordinary people of Burma."

Former glamour model turned charity fundraiser Nell McAndrew is calling for people to take part in the Help the Aged Leeds Abbey Dash on 25 November and raise money for the charity. "The dash is one of my favourite races of the year," McAndrew says of the 10k run. "The fact that it takes place in my home town makes it all the more special."

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