Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis volunteer for Join In Summer Relay

Plus: Liz McColgan, Adele Silva, Alfred Prasad and Neil Oliver

Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis
Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis

Elite sport stars, starting with the Olympic runner Liz McColgan at the Tollcross parkrun in Glasgow, have been volunteering for the Join In Summer Relay and helping with children's sports schemes and community-led sport projects. Her lead was followed by other athletes helping out at the clubs where their sporting careers began, including a reunion of the British 4x100m relay champions at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens: Mark Lewis-Francis, Marlon Devonish, Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener.

The Emmerdale actor Adele Silva has launched a silver pendant in order to raise funds for the dementia charities the Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer Scotland and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Argos will give £15 to the charities for the sale of each pendant, which are priced at £22.99, with the aim of raising £40,000. "My nan had dementia, so I know from personal experience the impact the condition can have on the whole family," said Silva. "It's wonderful that it will raise much-needed funds to help people living with dementia."

The Michelin-starred chef Alfred Prasad, accompanied by a team of volunteers, created a three-course meal for people affected by mental health and homelessness at Islington Mind, using surplus food reclaimed by the charity FoodCycle. He said: "I love their message that food poverty and food wastage should not co-exist."

The television presenter and author Neil Oliver gave the annual Combat Stress summer lecture in Edinburgh in August, which this year coincided with the commemoration of the start of the First World War. The lecture helps the charity to raise awareness of its work in supporting veterans and their families with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

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