Daniel Roche opens Noah's Ark shop

Plus Prunella Scales, Preeya Kalidas, Laila Rouass, Peter Andre, Lulu, Escala, Vivienne Westwood, Aggie MacKenzie, Samantha Cameron, Amanda Burton, Anita Dobson, Holly Valance, Eamonn Holmes, Shobna Gulati and Michelle Keegan.

Daniel Roche
Daniel Roche

Daniel Roche, from the BBC sitcom Outnumbered, was on hand to open the first retail charity shop operated by Noah's Ark, which supports children with life-threatening conditions and their families. Roche lives in Barnet, north London, where the new shop is located. "What a brilliant turnout for such a fantastic charity," said Roche. "It was good to see so many people supporting the shop."

Famous names including the actors Prunella Scales, Preeya Kalidas and Laila Rouass attended the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's Collars & Coats Gala Ball in London. The evening was hosted by the singer Peter Andre and entertainment included performances from the singer Lulu and the electronic string quartet Escala. About 30 dogs from the home lined the red carpet leading guests into the venue - Battersea Evolution, a short distance from the charity's building in south London.

The fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is fronting a fundraising appeal on behalf of the Refugee Council, which is marking its 60th anniversary this year.

Aggie MacKenzie, from the TV show How Clean is Your House, drew the winners for the annual prize draw run by Highland Hospice at its Christmas Fayre on 19 November. The hospice provides palliative care at its hospice in Inverness and day hospice services from four locations across the Highland region.

Samantha Cameron, the Prime Minister's wife, this month held a reception at 10 Downing Street in support of the Children's Trust, Tadworth, which supports children with multiple disabilities, complex health needs and brain injuries. Guests included the actor Amanda Burton and the Strictly Come Dancing competitors Anita Dobson and Holly Valance.

The presenter Eamonn Holmes and actors from Coronation Street, including Shobna Gulati and Michelle Keegan, were due to attend a ladies fundraiser at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium on 21 November. The event raised money for the Christie charity, which raises funds for the Christie hospital, Francis House children's hospice in Didsbury, Manchester, and the Manchester United Foundation.

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