Denise Van Outen launches Argos Toy Exchange partnership for Barnardo's

Plus Joan Collins, Hugh Bonneville, Lily James, Allen Leech, Joanna David, Jo Whiley and Sid Sloane

Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen

- The radio and TV presenter Denise Van Outen helped to launch the Argos Toy Exchange, a partnership between the retailer and the children's charity Barnardo's that aims to raise £1m for the charity. The campaign asks people to drop off unwanted toys at Argos stores in return for a £5 voucher. The toys are then passed on to be sold in Barnardo's shops.

- Joan Collins The actor Joan Collins (right) this month opened a boutique charity shop in Weybridge, Surrey, that will raise funds for Shooting Star Chase, a charity that provides care to life-limited children and their families. Collins is a patron of the charity. The former Dynasty star donated some clothes to the shop and helped to serve the first few customers.

- The actors Hugh Bonneville, Lily James and Allen Leech from the TV drama series Downton Abbey have given their backing to the Pyjama Party fundraising campaign run by the National Brain Appeal charity. The trio joined the actor Joanna David, who is a trustee of the charity and this month made a guest appearance in Downton Abbey as the Duchess of Yeovil, in supporting the appeal, which asks people to hold pyjama-themed fundraising events between 19 and 27 Octobers.

- The broadcaster Jo Whiley visited the Haven House hospice in Woodford Green, Essex, to record a radio programme that will form part of the BBC Children in Need appeal, which takes place on 15 November. The charity is one of the beneficiaries of the appeal and will appear in a short Children in Need film that will be broadcast the night before the fundraising appeal.

- The CBeebies presenter Sid Sloane visited the Children's Trust in Tadworth, Surrey, which provides care and therapy for children with acquired brain injury. Sloane says he has a close personal relationship with someone affected by brain injury. His visit coincided with Humphrey's Pyjama Week, which took place between 7 and 11 October and asked children to wear pyjamas to nursery or school in return for a £2 donation to the charity.

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