Celebrity watch

This week James Bond actor Daniel Craig goes to sea with the RNLI, Bono auctions a motorcycle that once belonged to Michael Hutchence and Michael Palin is interviewed to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig, the Bafta-nominated James Bond actor, went to sea with volunteer RNLI crew members at Ramsgate lifeboat station in July after requesting to visit the charity.

"The tireless, unassuming and, above all, brave work that RNLI volunteers undertake every day makes me proud to be associated with them," says Craig.

During his time afloat, the actor took the helm of both the station's Trent class all-weather lifeboat and its 32-knot Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat.

"It was a bit of a surprise for the crew, but we were thrilled to be able to show Daniel just what our RNLI lifeboat crews do," says Ian Cannon, the station's coxswain. "Everyone was impressed by his knowledge and interest in our charity. His handling of the inshore lifeboat was certainly impressive. He was good fun to have aboard and we'd have him back any time."

Andrew Freemantle, chief executive of the RNLI, says: "We are delighted Daniel Craig has chosen to join us. His support will do much to raise our profile."

Bono, the frontman of Irish rock band U2, has donated his red Ducati 916 motorcycle to be auctioned in aid of Riders for Health, the charity that trains African health workers in motorcycle riding and maintenance, enabling them to reach remote villages with regular, reliable healthcare.

The bike, which was previously owned by the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, will be sold at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show at the Birmingham NEC on 2 December. Bono signed the bike's tank in memory of Hutchence, writing "For Michael, Bono".

Andrea Coleman, chief executive of Riders for Health, says: "For our charity, reaching those people in rural Africa is our focus and is a major challenge. We know that you can't save a child unless you can reach them. Bono's support for our work is valued highly and we thank him."

Michael Palin, the comedian, actor and television presenter, will be interviewed about his life byAlan Yentob, creative director of the BBC, for An Audience with Michael Palin at London's Criterion Theatre on 28 November to raise money for Leukaemia Research. Yentob will also interview literary agent and leukaemia survivor Ed Victor as part of the evening. The audience will be invited to put their own questions to the interviewees. The charity hopes to raise more than £75,000 from the event.

Television presenter Carol Smillie is supporting Help The Aged's Carol Appeal, which encourages supporters to hold carol concerts or go carol singing to raise money for the charity. "The festive period is synonymous with joy, warmth and giving, but it is so important to remember those older people left out in the cold, isolated from society and spending days or even weeks without talking to anyone," says Smillie.

Actor Patrick Stewart and music producer Mark Ronson have become patrons of international conflict resolution charity Children of Peace. On his reasons for joining the charity, Stewart says: "When children unlearn hatred, suspicion and revenge, the future begins to seem not only viable but glorious."

Gemma Atkinson, the model, actress and current contestant in reality show I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!, is fronting the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign's Give Your Balls a Squeeze initiative. The campaign marks the start of the charity's year-long partnership with Rileys, the snooker and poker club chain, which aims to raise £150,000 for Everyman.


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