Cliff Richard supports Dreamflight

Plus Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Packham, Ricky Gervais, Nicholas Owen, Martina Cole and Patrick Kielty

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard

- Cliff Richard was at Heathrow Airport in London this month to wave off almost 200 seriously sick or disabled children on a holiday to Florida arranged by the charity Dreamflight. The charity, which was founded by a former British Airways crew member and is supported by the airline, has been taking groups of children on the trip since 1987. Richard, a patron of the charity, said: "Dreamflight is a charity close to my heart and I'm so pleased I can see the joy and happiness this trip brings to the children."

Kimberly Wyatt - The singer Kimberly Wyatt (right), a former member of the Pussycat Dolls, has given her backing to the campaigning group Buav, which is calling on the government to ban animal testing in the UK. It is also supported by the wildlife presenter Chris Packham and the comedian Ricky Gervais.

- The TV newsreader Nicholas Owen helped to start the Twilight Walk, an evening challenge to raise funds for the Children's Trust, which provides care for children with acquired brain injuries. Walkers chose routes of either 13 miles or 5km, starting and finishing at Tadworth Court in Surrey, where the charity is based.

- The author Martina Cole has called on prisons and young offender institutions to take part in the Reading Agency's annual Six Book Challenge, which aims to improve literacy among prisoners. Cole, whom the charity said was the most read author in prisons, promised to visit some of the participating prisons next year.

- The comedian Patrick Kielty attended an event organised by the childhood bereavement charity Winston's Wish at the Houses of Parliament in London on 21 October to launch its Young Ambassadors scheme. The initiative will involve young people aged between 13 and 24 helping to raise awareness of the charity.

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