Focus: Fundraising - Celebrity watch

Ainsley Harriott - Supports: Chase

Ainsley Harriott, the celebrity cook, was one of the first visitors to the Journey of the Senses Garden, created to raise awareness of Chase Hospice Care for Children.

The garden, which was designed by Janette Dollamore and Jo Ward-Ellison to appeal to young people, won the bronze award at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden incorporated glass, metal and perspex, together with a sound system and creative lighting to appeal to young adults.

Other celebrities who visited the garden included the Countess of Wessex, who is a patron of Chase, Lionel Blair, Chris Tarrant and singer and horticulturist Kim Wilde.

Dollamore said: "We are delighted with the medal and the positive public response to the garden. We hope it will help publicise Chase's work."

Anna Ryder-Richardson (above) is supporting a scheme by the Psoriasis Association to encourage people to use art as a tool to express how living with psoriasis makes them feel. The BBC Changing Rooms presenter helped launch the Inside Out Art Exhibition, held at the Imagination Gallery in London.

Jon Snow, the Channel 4 news anchor, is to join a group that is hiking 17 miles through London on 16 September to raise money for cancer charity Maggie's. Patron Snow and the Metro Life Hikers will be granted exclusive access to HM Treasury on the night as an incentive. The organisation hopes to raise £250,000 towards its first caring centre in London.

Cherie Booth hosted a preview of a limited edition rose that is being sold by the Genesis Appeal to raise money for Europe's first purpose-built breast cancer prevention centre. Rosa genesis was launched at the Tatton Flower Show in Cheshire last week. Cherie Booth, who is a patron of the charity, said: "This is a simple and very beautiful way to help the Genesis Appeal."

Ann Widdecombe was the speaker at a recent fundraising dinner held by the Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land, the only organisation dedicated to caring for working and abandoned donkeys in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The Conservative MP for Maidstone and The Weald and presenter of BBC2's Anne Widdecombe to the Rescue gave an after-dinner speech and signed copies of her three novels - An Act of Peace, Father Figure and The Clematis Tree - at the event, which raised about £1,000 for the charity's work.

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