Deborah Meaden lends her support to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Plus: Simon Cowell, Dame Joan Collins, Tony Hadley, Sean Fletcher, Sir Chris Hoy, Holly Vallance, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Taron Egerton

Deborah Meaden
Deborah Meaden

The Dragons' Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden is supporting a campaign by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People that is calling on businesses to open their doors to deaf people with hearing dogs. The campaign, called Who Lets the Dogs In?, says shops, cafes and restaurants are the worst offenders, citing reasons including hygiene and concern that a dog would cause disruption.

Celebrities including the pop mogul Simon Cowell, the actor Dame Joan Collins and the Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley were among the famous faces to attend the Shooting Star Chase ball, which took place at the Dorchester hotel in London and raised more than £100,000 for children with life-limiting conditions.

The former England women's football manager Hope Powell has become an ambassador for the sport and education charity Football Action. "Football is a powerful tool for inspiring confidence in children around the globe and encouraging them to realise positive futures," she said.

The Good Morning Britain presenter Sean Fletcher has become an ambassador for Beating Bowel Cancer. Fletcher, whose mother died from the disease aged 54, ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity last year and, with his wife Luned, won £30,000 for it on the ITV programme All Star Mr & Mrs.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Mind in Harrow, a mental health charity in north-west London that is part of the Mind network, to help mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October. The couple met young people with experience of mental health problems and who volunteer with Mind in Harrow or the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change. They also joined students from Harrow College to take part in a Mindkit workshop, which educates young people about emotional health and resilience.

The singer Pixie Lott will be performing at an event to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. The charity says the Tunnel of Love event, which will be held on 11 November at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, is a "fashion and art party" that will also include dinner, games and music from DJs.

The six-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has helped to launch a new campaign by the Scottish Association for Mental Health. The Give Mental Health a Sporting Chance campaign champions the use of sport and physical activity as a vehicle for improving and maintaining good mental health.

The EastEnders actor Rakhee Thakrar has become a patron of the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Thakrar, who visited the hospice earlier this year, has offered to take some of the charity's young people to visit Albert Square, the fictional home of the BBC soap.

The singer and actor Holly Valance has become an ambassador for the Children's Trust, which supports children with brain injuries. "Like every parent, I cherish my child and cannot imagine what I would do if anything happened to her," she said. "The Children's Trust is one of those amazing places you know would be there to help should the worst happen."

The actors Neil Morrissey and Barbara Windsor and the singer Dame Shirley Bassey have given their backing to a campaign by the sight-loss charity the RNIB calling for more support for people who are going blind. The See The Need, Demand Support campaign has been started to raise awareness of the need for sight-loss advisers in eye clinics and hospitals.

The actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Taron Egerton have been named official supporters of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The association said that Cumberbatch and Redmayne, who both worked with the charity when preparing to portray the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, would become patrons; Egerton, who starred in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service and whose grandmother died from the disease, would become an ambassador, it said.

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