Focus: Fundraising - Celebrity watch - Ant and Dec - Support - ITV's Big Clean-Up

Indira Das-Gupta, indira.das-gupta@haynet.com

Ant and Dec are calling on members of the public to take part in ITV's Big Clean-Up campaign, which is supported by CSV.

The presenters of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! are asking people to follow their lead and go green - before the show is filmed, a full audit of the flora and fauna in the part of the Australian rainforest the show uses is carried out to ensure the programme is environmentally friendly.

Now Ant and Dec are encouraging thousands of volunteers across the UK to take part in projects that will improve their own local environment.

The campaign was launched on 5 June, but the event itself will take place on 17 September, which coincides with the UN's Clean Up the World Weekend.

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, executive director of the CSV, said: "Volunteers can transform local parks, gardens, coast and countryside to everyone's benefit."

NINA WADIA, former star of Goodness Gracious Me, officially started the 2006 Crisis Square Mile run by waving off about 2,000 runners last week. Thursday's run began at Paternoster Square in the shadow of St Paul's in London. The 3.5-mile route passed many of the area's most famous landmarks, including the Tower of London, and those who took part raised an estimated £150,000 for Crisis.

KATE ADIE will be reading extracts from her favourite works of literature to help raise money for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. The former BBC war correspondent will be joined by the writers Michael Frayn, Mavis Cheek, Nigel Williams and Lee Langley. The former Beirut hostage and long-time patron of the charity, John McCarthy, will also be reading at the event, which will take place at St Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond on 16 June.

JASON ROBINSON, former England and Lions rugby player, is urging people to buy Marie Curie Cancer Care's new limited-edition dog tag this month. The military-style tags consist of two metal discs, one engraved with the word 'life', the other with the word 'death'. Details of the charity's website are also embossed on the tag. Robinson said: "The life and death message on these tags drives home what Marie Curie Cancer Care is about - providing nursing care to ensure terminally ill people have the best quality of life right up until the end."

PATSY KENSIT is supporting the Children Society's series of sponsored bridge walks in London, Newcastle and Bristol. Participants walk across a number of bridges in the cities. The actress said: "I'll be getting my family fit this summer by taking part in one of the Children's Society's bridge walks."

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