Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt becomes an ambassador for Combat Stress

Plus Jack Whitehall, Anna Richardson, Linda Papadopolous, Justin Welby, David Walliams, John Bishop, Bill Nighy, Manolo Blahnik and Adam Hills

Joanne Froggatt. Image: Rachell Smith
Joanne Froggatt. Image: Rachell Smith

- The Downton Abbey star and former Coronation Street actor Joanne Froggatt has become an ambassador for Combat Stress, the mental health charity for veterans. She will help to raise awareness of its work and encourage veterans and their families to seek its help. She visited the charity while researching her role of a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for the film In Our Name.

- The comedian Jack Whitehall has joined other celebrities to film a video for the campaigning organisation for women's charities, Stand Up for Women. Billed as the Comic Relief for women's charities, it was set up in July to raise money for underfunded women's organisations. Whitehall is joined in the video by the television presenter and journalist Anna Richardson and the psychologist Linda Papadopoulos. The video appears on the Stand Up For Women website.

- Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has become vice-president of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Welby follows in the footsteps of former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who held the same role. Welby, whose seven-month old daughter died in a car crash in France in 1983, said the work of hospices was often misunderstood and the charity provided a vital service.

- David Walliams, the actor and comedian, visited Rainbows Hospice for children earlier this month to pay his respects to the family of Susan Taylor, who died in July while attempting to swim the English Channel to raise money for the charity. Walliams, who swam the channel himself in 2006, donated £1,000 to the charity hours after Taylor's death and tweeted messages of sympathy to her family. The hospice is in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

- Celebrities including the comedian John Bishop, the actor Bill Nighy and the shoe designer Manolo Blahnik have produced doodles that will be sold on the auction website eBay to raise funds for Epilepsy Action's National Doodle Day on 7 March. Last year's celebrity doodle auction raised almost £15,000 for the charity.

- Adam Hills, the stand-up comedian and television presenter, opened a new charity shop in Muswell Hill for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy last week.

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