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Sir Steve Redgrave - Supports: Association of Children's Hospices

Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave put his competitive streak to work for the Association of Children's Hospices by taking part in the UK's biggest-ever supermarket trolley dash for charity.

A charity of the year partnership between the association and Somerfield and Kwik Save supermarkets kicked off with a trolley race between 40 store teams around the UK. Each team raised sponsorship to push trollies loaded with shopping four miles to their local hospice.

Sir Steve joined his local team from Somerfield's Market Fresh store in Summertown, Oxford, in the dash to Helen House Children's Hospice.

The supermarkets hope to raise £1m for the association over the course of the year. The association is one of three children's charities that Sir Steve will support by running in next year's London Marathon.

John Spencer, three times world snooker champion, is planning to leap out of a plane for the Myasthenia Gravis Association on 23 August.

Spencer was diagnosed with MG, which causes muscle weakness, at the age of 50 in 1985 and with terminal cancer two years ago. He will skydive with Red Devils team leader Mark Scobie, and plans to donate a percentage of the money raised from sales of his autobiography, due out in October, to the charity.

Chris Beardshaw (below), the TV presenter and garden designer, was one of 60 people to complete the British 10k for the Salvation Army on 3 July.

The runners raised more than £10,000 for the organisation, an official race charity for the first time.

Clic Sargent has engaged the artistic talents of Jade Jagger for the design of a friendship bracelet that can be obtained for £1 from branches of Gap and Garrard. All proceeds from each sale will go to the charity.

The bracelet, made of soft woven cotton with a silver metal pendant, comes in three colours and was unveiled last Monday at 'An evening at Sanderson', which Jagger co-hosted with Lady Helen Taylor.

Musicians Billy Bragg and Jarvis Cocker are among artists helping to produce the Rosetta Requiem, a collection of songs and films created by and for people in hospices. Co-ordinated by hospice charity Rosetta Life, it starts this month and runs throughout the year.

Boris Johnson, Conservative MP for Henley, has unveiled one of the first tribute plaques commissioned by the Year of the Volunteer. The plaque, which declares "Volunteers at work here", adorns the Wheatley headquarters of Norcap, a national charity that provides support to adults affected by adoption.

Johnson presented certificates of recognition to 12 volunteers and was shown how they help adopted adults locate their relatives. About 650 such plaques - the brainchild of CSV executive director Dame Elisabeth Hoodless - have now been distributed across England.

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