Fundraising: Celebrity watch

Esther Rantzen

Supports: Link Centre for Deafened People

Esther Rantzen has become a patron of the Link Centre for Deafened People, the national organisation providing services for adults who lose all of their useful hearing through illness or accident.

Rantzen's late husband, Desmond Wilcox, lived for many years with severe hearing loss. She said: "I'm delighted to become a patron and look forward to improving awareness of the needs of the 300,000 deafened people in the UK." The presenter is joining fellow patrons Kate Adie, Sian Williams and Nigel Waterson MP.

Link Centre chief executive Dr Lorraine Gailey said: "We are delighted that Esther Rantzen has joined our team of patrons. She has a very clear understanding of the communication difficulties experienced within the family when a partner loses their hearing."

The Cheeky Girls are running this year's Flora London Marathon for ChildLine and DebRA. The pop twins wanted to raise money for children's charities and decided to split their efforts. Monica, who is running for DebRA, the charity for people with Epidermolysis Bullosa, said: "When I think of the children who go through so much with EB, I am really motivated.

My blisters after the marathon will be nothing compared with what they go through every day." Gabriela, who is running for ChildLine, said: "Although the training has been hard, I am delighted to be involved with such a fantastic cause."

Harry Hill visited the Co-op store in Fulham to highlight the diversity of Fairtrade products. The comedian, who has supported Fairtrade for three years, said: "When I started there was a very narrow range, but there's been a huge increase. It shows that if you have a good idea people will respond to it."

Frank Skinner is urging people to buy the special limited edition men's and women's T-shirts for Marie Curie Cancer Care's Great Daffodil Appeal, which is currently on sale at Ted Baker. The T-shirts cost £35, with £5 going to the appeal.

Kim Medcalf made a visit to Centrepoint in Vauxhall Cross, London to see how it has benefited from Comic Relief money. The East-Enders actress, who came second to DJ Edith Bowman in Celebrity Fame Academy on Red Nose Day, chatted to some of the homeless people at the charity.

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