John Bishop supports the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal campaign

Plus Jeremy Clarkson, Tim Lovejoy, Levi Roots, Simon Rimmer, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Caroline Quentin, David Cameron, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton

John Bishop [L] supporting the Royal British Legion
John Bishop [L] supporting the Royal British Legion

- The comedian John Bishop, who has cousins in the armed forces, joined members of the Royal British Legion to urge people to volunteer during this year's Poppy Appeal campaign, which runs from late October to Remembrance Sunday (10 November). The charity hopes to raise £37m through this year's appeal.

- The TV presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Tim Lovejoy, the chefs Levi Roots and Simon Rimmer and the food critic AA Gill sampled dishes prepared by the Ghurka master chef Pemba Lama at the launch of Big Curry month at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London on 12 September. Big Curry month is in October this year and raises funds for ABF The Soldiers' Charity, which supports serving and former soldiers and their families.

- The Nobel laureate and campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has become the first patron of the Rainmaker Foundation, a broker charity that matches wealthy givers with causes.

- The actor Caroline Quentin, the British Olympic equestrian Mary King and Lady Penny Mountbatten took part in a 30-mile cycle ride on 24 September at Huntsham Court, near Tiverton in Devon, to raise funds for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

- Drawings done specially by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the actors Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith were among those auctioned by Christie's for the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation at a gala event last month. Works by artists such as Jenny Holzer and Sarah Lucas were sold on the night helping to raise £230,000 for the charity, which supports victims of domestic abuse.

Jim Carter - The Downton Abbey star Jim Carter (right) has become a patron of Richard House, the children's hospice in London. His wife, the actor Imelda Staunton, has been a patron since 2005.

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