Dani King becomes cycling ambassador for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Plus Ewan McGregor, Sir Chris Bonington, Jo Pavey and Richard Pitman

Dani King
Dani King

- The Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Dani King has become cycling ambassador for the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The charity runs several cycling events to raise funds, such as the London Bikeathon and a 450km London-Paris ride. "The charity is leading the way in the fight against blood cancer and I'm thrilled to be a part of it," she said.

- The actor Ewan McGregor visited Rachel House hospice in Kinross, run by Children's Hospice Association Scotland. McGregor, a long-term supporter of the charity, was accompanied by his father, Jim. "Rachel House will always have a special significance to me," the actor said. "There's so much fun and laughter about the place and you can see how important it is for the children and their families."

Sir Chris Bonington- The mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington (right) officially re-opened YHA Ambleside in the Lake District on 28 July after its £1.4m facelift. "YHA gave me my introduction to adventure in my early teens, first when I stayed at hostels while cycling and then when I was climbing in Wales and Scotland," he said. "I have many great memories of those early days and it was a real pleasure to be asked to re-open the hostel."

- The runner Jo Pavey recently met people who are training to run an event in aid of the Exeter Leukaemia Foundation. Pavey, who is vice-patron of the charity, talked about nutrition, training and preparation for events. She is also planning to contribute articles to the charity's new running blog.

- Richard Pitman, the BBC horseracing commentator and former steeplechase jockey, has become an ambassador for the animal welfare charity HorseWorld. "HorseWorld provides several solutions to make people better through the medium of the horse while at the same time helping impoverished, maltreated and helpless animals," he said.

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