Hardeep Singh Kohli supports the Anthony Nolan donor register

Plus Jack Wilshere, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sue Nicholls, Sue Cleaver, Robert Powell

Hardeep Singh Kohli
Hardeep Singh Kohli

-  The comedian and presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli is attempting to sign up 1,000 new people to Anthony Nolan's blood stem cell donor register. Kohli's Man on a Mission campaign will see him hosting events in Birmingham and London at which he will encourage people to sign up to the donor register - particularly young men aged between 18 and 30. "The uptake of donors isn't nearly as high as it should be," said Kohli.

- The Arsenal and England footballer Jack Wilshere has become an ambassador for St John Ambulance. The 19-year-old will take part in a social media campaign in which he learns five basic first-aid skills and encourages others to do likewise. "In football, without training you cannot win the game," he said. "Without first aid, you cannot save someone's life. I want to encourage more people to learn first aid so that they can be the difference between life and death."

Coronation Street stars with service users of the Together Trust- The actors Sue Nicholls and Sue Cleaver were among the cast members of the TV soap Coronation Street who met service users of the Together Trust as part of the disability charity's Better Together Week. "The Together Trust supports some of the most vulnerable young people and their families in the north west," said Nicholls. "Better Together Week will help to raise much-needed money and awareness for the trust's work.

- The charity MediCinema, which provides cinema screens in hospitals, has announced that the actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are to become patrons. They join fellow thespians Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren, who are already patrons of the charity.

- The actor Robert Powell has given his backing to Fuel Our Youth, a new charity that encourages those people over 60 who can do without their annual fuel allowances to pass them on to the organisation. The funds thus raised will be used to support youth-related projects and causes across the UK. "We hope that funds raised by means of this innovative concept will help vulnerable youngsters to get back on their feet," said Powell.

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