Fundraising News: Celebrity watch

Indira Das-Gupta

Shobna Gulati

Supports: Plan UK

Shobna Gulati visited a tsunami-affected region of southern India with international children's charity Plan UK. The actress, who plays Sunita in Coronation Street, originally contacted Plan to arrange a visit to meet Santhammal, the five-year-old child she sponsors. But after the disaster she asked to visit the affected area where Plan works. During the two-week trip, Gulati travelled to Vailankanni in the Nagapattinam district - the worst-hit area along the Tamil Nadu coastline, where the death toll reached 3,377.

Gulati said: "More than a quarter of the population of about 6,000 people lost their lives in Vailankanni alone. I met children who were the only survivors in their families.

"I encountered amazing resilience in the people I met. They were still reeling from what happened, but they managed to accept it."

JIMMY CARR, presenter of The Friday Night Project, is one of four comedians who will be performing in The Big Green Show on 15 May to raise money for Aisling - Return to Ireland, which supports Irish people in London who are homeless, isolated and vulnerable. Father Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon will also be doing a set and Ed Byrne will host the show, which takes place at the UCL Bloomsbury theatre. Tickets cost £15 and are available online at

Liz Barker is taking part in The Tiny Lives Campaign's biggest event, The Nappy Rush, on Saturday, 7 May. The Nappy Rush, a three-mile family fun run, is being held at Avon Valley Country Park and the Blue Peter presenter will be joining in, together with baby son Dexter, to help raise £1.5m to completely refurbish and modernise the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital.

Anthony Head is supporting Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land. The actor, best known for playing Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is asking his fans to make donations through his website. Anyone who donates more than £10 receives a certificate signed by Head.

Neil Morrissey opened five new rooms at the Mayhew Animal Home in north London last week. He was accompanied by his pet dog, Tiggy, a former resident.

The new rooms were designed by volunteers and will provide the animals with facilities such as under-floor heating and shower facilities.

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