Dame Judi Dench supports the Royal Institute of Blind People's Christmas appeal

Plus Joanna Lumley, Kelly Hoppen, Nicky Clarke, Gerard Butler, Celine Dion and Annie Lennox

Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench

- The actor Dame Judi Dench is supporting the Royal National Institute of Blind People's Christmas used stamp appeal. Dench, who has age-related macular degeneration, is asking people to send the charity stamps collected from cards and letters. The scheme can raise about £4.50 for every kilogram of British stamps.

Joanna Lumley- The actors Joanna Lumley (right) and Maureen Lipman, the Dragons' Den star and interior designer Kelly Hoppen, the fashion designers Amanda Wakeley and Julien Macdonald, and the hairstylist Nicky Clarke are among the famous people who have shown off their creative talents by designing bespoke rocking horses in aid of the HIV charity Chiva Africa. The toys were auctioned at Sotheby's in London on 14 November, with proceeds going to the charity's work in South Africa combating HIV and Aids in children and teenagers.

- The Hollywood actor Gerard Butler appears in Child 31, a documentary film designed to expose the realities of chronic hunger, made by the charity Mary's Meals, which provides daily school meals to more than 800,000 children around the world. Other celebrities lending their support to the campaign include the Canadian singer Celine Dion, who recorded a video message. "As a parent, it's so frustrating to learn that this suffering exists among our youth," said Dion. "It's our responsibility to do whatever we can to save them."

- Annie Lennox, the singer and HIV activist, is backing a campaign by the Scottish HIV charity Waverley Care. The Always Hear campaign was set up to help increase understanding of HIV and tackle the stigma that surrounds it in Scotland. New research by the charity, which provides care and support to people with HIV, found "worrying gaps" in the knowledge and understanding of HIV among Scottish people.

- The England Rugby League World Cup 2013 players Tom Burgess, Sean O'Loughlin, Lee Mossop and Liam Farrell visited the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Loughborough on 6 November. The hospice received £40,000 towards the construction of a soft play room from Wooden Spoon, the official charity partner of the competition.

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