David Beckham launches new fund with Unicef

Plus: Alison Steadman, Dame Joan Collins, Ed Sheeran, Carl Fogarty and Noel Gallagher

David Beckham
David Beckham

The former footballer and the children's charity Unicef have launched a new project to raise money to protect children around the world from danger. The initiative, 7: The David Beckham Unicef Fund, marks Beckham's 10th year as a Unicef goodwill ambassador. Through 7 - named after the number Beckham had on his Manchester United and England shirts - Beckham will use his global voice, influence and connections to raise money for the fund. Beckham said: "Everything I have done - including my football career and my family - has led to this point. This is the moment for me to do what I can to help children in every corner of the world. This is something I want my own children to be proud of."

The actors Jane Horrocks and Alison Steadman are starring in a Marie Curie Cancer Care TV and radio campaign to recruit volunteers for the charity's annual Great Daffodil Appeal, which takes place in March. The advert tells Steadman's story of how Marie Curie nurses supported her mother when she was diagnosed and living with a terminal illness.

The actors Dame Joan Collins, Andy Serkis and the late Lynda Bellingham are among stars who have braved embarrassing acne and dodgy haircuts to release photos of themselves as adolescents. The children's charity Barnardo's approached celebrities for unseen photos of them as teenagers as part of a new campaign to recruit more foster carers in the UK. The pictures were projected onto the sides of buildings in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Cardiff.

St Mungo's Broadway is also being supported by the musicians Ed Sheeran, Brian May and the Pet Shop Boys, and the designers Dame Vivienne Westwood and Philip Treacy, who were among the 30 stars to auction their best-loved hats for the charity's Woolly Hat Day 2015. Many of the hats donated to the homelessness charity have a story linked to them, including being worn on tour or signed by the star.

Carl Fogarty, the four-times World Superbike champion and winner of the 2014 series of TV's I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!, will support Midlands Air Ambulance Charity's Bike4Life Bikefest & Ride Out in April. He will lead a 3,000-strong biker ride-out to officially open the festival. Fogarty says he is keen to support the charity because it is a vital lifeline for fellow bikers who are involved in road-traffic accidents.

The musician Noel Gallagher is part of this year's line-up for the Teenage Cancer Trust events at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The music and comedy fundraising shows will be held at the end of March and will also feature the musicians Paul Weller, Van Morrison and the Stereophonics, along with the comedian Kevin Bridges. It will be the 15th anniversary of the shows, which have raised more than £20m for young people with cancer.

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