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Supports: The Constant Gardener Trust

Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz are patrons of a new charity, the Constant Gardener Trust. The actors and crew of the forthcoming film The Constant Gardener were so moved by their time filming in Kenya that they decided to set up a charity. It will support small development projects in the village of Loiyangalani and the slum of Kibera in Nairobi, which were both used as locations in the film.

Claire Broughton of Potboiler Productions, the company behind the film, is a trustee. She said: "We all fell in love with Kenya and Nairobi. The local people did so much for us that we felt we had to do something back.

"We could have made a donation to a big charity that already works out there, but we decided to do something more personal and find out what they thought would improve their lives." The charity's key project is building a school in Loiyangalani.

DAME KELLY HOLMES is supporting CancerBACUP's new sex and fertility guide for teenagers with cancer. The Olympic gold medallist said: "The booklet is a great way of enabling teenagers to find out what they need to know in their own time, while avoiding any embarrassment in discussing such sensitive issues. I know what it is like to push your body to the extreme, but this must be nothing in comparison with coping with cancer."

CARRIE GRANT (BELOW) is launching a new campaign with colitis and Crohn's disease patients' charity NACC to highlight the shortage of specialist nurses. According to a survey by the charity, only 26 per cent of colitis and Crohn's patients have the support of a specialist nurse. Grant, one of the Fame Academy coaches, has Crohn's disease and is asking people to support NACC's call for more nurses by adding their names to its petition - either online or by phone.

WILL THORP of hospital drama Casualty is backing the British Heart Foundation's new volunteering recruitment campaign, Count Me In, together with Birmingham City footballer Mario Melchiot and former TV presenter Gloria Hunniford.

Thorp said: "The British Heart Foundation relies on people to give their time so that it can continue to fund pioneering research into the causes and treatments of heart disease. I'm pledging to continue giving my minutes."

PAUL RANKIN (above), the Ready Steady Cook regular, toppled a set of giant dominoes at the start of the month at an event in Northern Ireland to mark the launch of World Vision's drive to recruit 3,000 new child sponsors. The aim of the stunt was to demonstrate the knock-on effects of child sponsorship.

ROGER FEDERER has donated a pair of trainers to Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity as part of its Funky Feet month. At the end of the month, all the donated footwear will be auctioned to raise money for its paediatric limb reconstruction service.

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