Hannah Miley, Jo Jackson and Jess Varnish support Macmillan CAncer Support

Plus Geraint Thomas, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Steve Coogan and Professor Lord Robert Winston

Hannah Miley, Jo Jackson and Jess Varnish [l-r]
Hannah Miley, Jo Jackson and Jess Varnish [l-r]

- The Olympic swimmers Hannah Miley and Jo Jackson and the cyclist Jess Varnish joined more than 1,500 people for the Big Walk at Clumber Park, near Worksop in Nottinghamshire, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Miley and Varnish completed a two-mile walk and Jackson did 10 miles. "Being here is very personal because my grandmother was supported by a Macmillan nurse," said Jackson.

- The Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Geraint Thomas is encouraging people to take part in Action Medical Research's Lake District 100 cycle ride, which will raise funds for the charity. Participants can choose to attempt a 100-mile or a 100km route around the Lake District on 23 September.

- Celebrities including the gold medal-winning athletes Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford and the actor Steve Coogan took part in the BGC Partners annual charity day on 11 September. The brokerage firm gives to charity all of its profits from the day's deals, which the celebrities help to seal. Twenty-five UK charities benefited this year, including Barnardo's, Asthma UK and Marie Curie Cancer Care. The company holds the day each year in memory of the employees it lost in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001.

- The scientist and presenter Professor Lord Robert Winston spoke at an event to launch new educational resources for use in schools for Genes Are Us, an educational programme run by the charity Genetic Disorders UK, which aims to raise awareness of genetic disorders. The programme is part of Jeans for Genes Day, which raises awareness and funds for the charity. It takes place this year on 5 October.

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