James Caan launches auction for LandAid

Plus Samantha Cameron, Sir John Major, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Denis Law, Mike Summerbee, Julia Bradbury, Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, Mo Farah, David Weir, John Hurt, Katherine Jenkins, Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, Paul O'Grady, Amanda Holden, Jamie Callum, Rebecca Adlington and Gary Lineker

James Caan
James Caan

- The entrepreneur James Caan, best known for appearing on the BBC series Dragons' Den, launched the auction of a specially customised Harley-Davidson motorbike to raise funds for LandAid, the property industry charity, which provides funding to support disadvantaged young people. Bidding for the bike, which is estimated to be worth about £15,000, closes at noon on 30 November. "The young and disadvantaged need support and advice as well as funding, and LandAid provides them with hope and opportunity through its incredible projects," said Caan.

- Samantha Cameron, the Prime Minister's wife, hosted an event in Downing Street last week in support of Prostate Cancer UK. The reception was attended by Sir John Major and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, who are patrons of the charity, the former footballers Denis Law and Mike Summerbee and the television presenter Julia Bradbury.

- The husband and wife presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have become patrons of Dogs Trust. The couple rehomed a black crossbreed called Maggie from the charity's centre in Harefield, Middlesex, in July 2011.

- The athletes Mo Farah and David Weir, the actor John Hurt, the singer Katherine Jenkins and the footballers Thierry Henry and Steven Gerrard are among the celebrities who have painted pictures that will be auctioned to raise money for the Willow Foundation, which provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40-year-olds. The Stars on Canvas auction runs from 22 November until 2 December.

- Famous names including the TV presenter Paul O'Grady, the actor Amanda Holden, the musician Jamie Cullum, the swimmer Rebecca Adlington and the former footballer Gary Lineker attended the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's Collars & Coats Gala Ball earlier this month.

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