Supports: Christian Aid.
David Straitjacket was enlisted by Christian Aid to demonstrate how rich countries are effectively tying the hands of poor nations with unfair trade conditions. The escapologist and sword-swallower, who currently holds the world record for escaping from a straitjacket, 81.24 seconds, helped the charity launch the Global Week of Action on trade.
Christian Aid is calling on the Government to use its influence at the G8 summit and during its EU presidency to give poor countries the freedom to choose the best trade policies for themselves.
Straitjacket said: "When Houdini arrived as an immigrant in the US, his escapology became a metaphor for the struggle faced by his fellow immigrants. It is fitting that this symbolism is now being used to represent millions of people around the world who struggle to survive under unfair trade rules."
Singer Louise Redknapp's manager is to climb Mount Everest to raise vital funds for the National Endo-metriosis Society. Oliver Smallman aims to raise up to £50,000 for the charity as he tackles his life-long fear of heights. Smallman heard about the charity after Redknapp was diagnosed with endometriosis and thought she wouldn't be able to have children. Fortunately, Redknapp gave birth to a son last July after treatment. Smallman then decided to link up with the charity to help highlight the illness.
Jenny Agutter is helping to promote Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week until 24 April. The actress, whose niece has cystic fibrosis, said: "I have been supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for a long time, and every year I am overwhelmed by stories of the bravery and unselfishness of cystic fibrosis sufferers. It is because of this that I am motivated to raise money to help find a cure."
TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher raised money for NCH when she took part in and won celebrity TV reality programme The Games. Money was raised for participants' charities through audience ticket sales, phone calls and text messages made during the show. The exact figure raised has not been released yet.
Dermot O'Leary ran the London Marathon for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He said: "Turning up at a charity dinner can feel like you're not doing anything tangible, so it's a nice way of getting properly involved."