Fundraising News: Celebrity watch

Luke Hamill

Supports: Scope

Luke Hamill helped launch Scope's election manifesto, which demands that the next government introduces measures to bring greater equality for disabled people.

Hamill plays Dean McVerry in ITV's long-running drama The Bill, and has used a wheelchair since he was involved in a car accident at the age of 18.

Scope's manifesto calls on the future government to effect equality through measures such as guaranteeing all disabled people control over their day-to-day lives and disabled children the right to mainstream education.

Hamill said: "It's vital that the next government takes Scope's manifesto seriously. Education, transport and employment are crucial components of a civilised society - ours is currently 'disablist'."

The launch of the manifesto is part of Scope's ongoing Time to Get Equal campaign.

JK Rowling is lending her support to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and their website for young carers,, as part of the current MS week. The charity is concerned with how MS affects young carers and has worked alongside the MS Society to produce special pages for young people who are looking after someone with the disease. The author, who is also the patron of the MS Society Scotland, said: "Having seen my mother suffer with MS, I cannot imagine what it would have been like if I had been 12 and trying to look after her. Yet this is the situation that 175,000 young people in the UK face."

Bradley Walsh is supporting Make-A-Wish Week, which begins on 24 April and is organised by Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. The actor said: "Some 15-20,000 children are diagnosed each year with a life-threatening illness.

Every one of these children has the right to a wish."

Caprice, the model, is urging people to raise money for ChildLine by recycling their mobile phones. buys unwanted mobiles and sells them on to developing countries, donating 10 per cent of the value of each handset to the charity.

Donal MacIntyre will be taking part in the River Shannon Wild Water World Cup canoe event in County Limerick in May to raise awareness for Mencap. The investigative reporter will be tackling the extreme white water course alongside competitors from 25 nations and four continents.

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