Dame Helen Mirren has presented a radio appeal for Barnardo's to raise awareness of the link between children who go missing and sexual abuse. In the broadcast for the weekly BBC Radio 4 Appeal, the actor told the story of how a 13-year-old girl was helped by the children's charity.
"I have supported Barnardo's for seven years and have been shocked by the sexual abuse that the UK's children can suffer, but moved by the vital work that Barnardo's does to rescue them," she said. "Children are targeted for sexual abuse by predatory adults. It is calculated and insidious. Barnardo's helps them escape the abuse and face their futures with real hope and confidence - something that no child should ever be denied."
- Actor Claire Sweeney has become a patron of the Jack Petchey Foundation, which funds projects for young people. The former Brookside star first became involved with the charity when she compered its Gateway to Music concert at Sadler's Wells theatre in London in March.
- England cricketer Andrew Flintoff (right) will be the face of a new campaign by the Cricket Foundation to bring cricket to two million children in a third of state schools by 2015. The Ashes hero will present a video to promote the Chance to Shine appeal. "Chance to Shine is so important," he said. "It's going to give two million children a chance to play cricket and I want every kid to have an opportunity to play the game that I love."
- Actor Dean Andrews, who stars in BBC time-travelling drama Ashes to Ashes, has signed up for the 10km Bupa Great Yorkshire Run on 5 September to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. "I'm delighted that Bupa has chosen the Alzheimer's Society as its nominated charity for a second year, and I'm honoured to be running for it," he said.
- Three candidates from the most recent series of the BBC's The Apprentice are running the London Marathon later this month to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, visually impaired children's charity Victa, the Alzheimer's Society and the Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire. James McQuillan, Howard Ebison and Yasmina Siadatan, who won the show, also raised £5,000 last week through fundraising events for the same charities.