Celebrity watch

This week Dannii Minogue promotes World Aids Day, Boris Johnson does his bit for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and pop stars Westlife, McFly and Lemar design Christmas cards for Cancer Research UK.

Danii Minogue
Danii Minogue

Dannii Minogue, the pop singer, sister to Kylie and a judge on ITV1 reality show The X Factor, has supported the Terrence Higgins Trust's annual awareness-raising campaign for World Aids Day since 2004.

"It's soul destroying to see so many young men and women in the UK making uneducated decisions about safe sex, putting their health and lives directly at risk from this deadly disease," says Minogue.

In 2004, Minogue was photographed wrapped in only a red ribbon to help promote World Aids Day.

Boris Johnson, Conservative candidate for London Mayor and MP for Henley on Thames, Mark Harper, the shadow minister for disabled people, and Angela Watkinson, Conservative MP for Upminster, met players from Essex-based Emerson Park Cerebral Palsy Spurs FC in Westminster last month to promote the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's work with people with cerebral palsy.

The foundation was launched in January this year as a charity to oversee the football club's community work. EPCP Spurs FC is supported by the foundation, which provides football coaching to its members.

"It is fantastic to see clubs such as Tottenham forming partnerships providing coaching and facilities such as those at Emerson Park," said Johnson. "From meeting the young people with cerebral palsy today, I can see how determined they are to overcome the challenges they face and just enjoy their football."

Dame Judi Dench, the Academy Award-winning actor, is supporting the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust by giving a reading at the charity's carol concert at St Peter's Church in London on 17 December.

Television presenter Ben Fogle will host Ovarian Cancer Action's annual fundraising dinner at Middle Temple Hall in London on 29 January. Model Caprice Bourret will also make a guest appearance at the event.

Dr Who star David Tennant filmed a promotional video for the Association for International Cancer Research last month. The Scottish actor, who is a patron of the charity, also met Dr Andy Tee, whose work is funded by the AICR. "It was good for me to meet a real superhero whose work holds the prospect of helping many thousands in their fight with cancer," says Tennant.

Zoe Ball, the television and radio presenter, visited Hove-based homelessness charity Lorica St Patrick's last month to support its fundraising sleep-out at Brighton's Churchill Square. Ball met Father Alan Sharpe, the charity's founder, at the start of his sleep-out in a miniature replica of St Patrick's Church. The real church is home to the charity's 22-bed night shelter.

Pop stars Westlife, McFly and Lemar, footballer David James, actor Arabella Weir and TV presenter Linda Barker have all designed Christmas cards for Cancer Research UK that will be sold to raise money for the charity. McFly's card, drawn by band member Tom Fletcher, features a rock star snowman. The cards will be sold exclusively in CRUK shops in packs of 12, each costing £3.49.

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