Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs will give a reading at the Mayhew Animal Home's Celebrity Christmas Evening fundraiser at St John's Wood Church, London, on 11 December. Sachs is a patron of the animal rescue home and education centre in Kensal Green, London. "The whole city benefits from having the Mayhew," he said. "Many people can't afford expensive vet bills, and having a dog or cat can be extremely therapeutic for the old and lonely."
Singer KT Tunstall has signed up to Shelter Scotland's campaign to keep the pressure on politicians to ensure everyone has a home by 2012. The charity has been touring the country as part of its new Hometime Scotland campaign and asking people which song reminds them of home. The race for top spot is neck and neck between Dougie MacLean's Caledonia and I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.
The actor, best known for Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Mummy series, is supporting EveryChild's Chances4childhood photo exhibition, which is intended to provide an insight into the playtime of some of the world's most vulnerable children.
Hannah and other famous people, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and singer Geri Halliwell, recreated childhood memories for their portraits, which will be displayed alongside images such as railway children playing in the street in southern India and children with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan playing a version of marbles using sheep bones. Hannah had his picture taken playing jacks - throwing five stones in the air and trying to catch them on the back of his hand.
"I've seen this played by kids all around the world and I used to play it with my friends growing up in Glasgow, so I thought I'd recreate that memory for the exhibition," he said.
Chances4childhood opens this week at The.gallery@oxo on London's South Bank.