Nancy Dell'Olio is one of six new ambassadors announced by the British Red Cross. The six, which also include actor Dougray Scott, Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, celebrity doctor David Bull, presenter Josie D'Arby and journalist Michael Buerk, are the charity's first official ambassadors.
The flamboyant lawyer and fiancee of England coach Sven Goran Eriksson flew to Kenya at the end of last year. She met HIV positive patients, talked to young Kenyan Red Cross volunteers, visited Nairobi slums and saw the world's largest field hospital in the north of the country, which treats Sudanese war-wounded.
A spokesman for the British Red Cross said: "We are keen to develop quality long-term relationships with our high-profile supporters. The Ambassador Scheme is an ideal way to do this."
- Brian Kilcline, Coventry's FA Cup-winning captain, will join fellow football legends Alan Kennedy and Neville Southall in this year's Professional Footballers' Association Soccer Legends Challenge - Borneo 05, for the Children Today charity. They will captain teams of volunteers who will learn jungle survival skills and take part in raft racing and abseiling.
Each captain is representing a team from the town of the club they played for. Money raised by each team will go to meet the needs of disabled children in those places.
Franz Ferdinand have designed a rug to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The band's design features a swirl of musical notes.
Weather girl Sian Lloyd's creation depicts weather conditions as seen from space. A percentage of each rug, made by Deidre Dyson Contemporary Handmade Carpets, will go to the hospital.
Zoe Wanamaker has joined more than 70 celebrities and politicians in backing the Burma Campaign UK's request not to travel there because of human rights concerns. The new campaign, I'm Not Going to Burma, is also supported by Tony Blair and Sir Ian McKellen. People can add their support by signing a pledge on a new website: www.imnotgoing.com
Matthew Wright, who hosts The Wright Stuff on Five, is to run the Flora London Marathon for Fight for Sight. He has recently been diagnosed with mild cataracts.