John Suchet visits Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Plus Mollie King, Simon Rimmer, Samia Smith, Will Thorp, Sting, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Toyah Willcox and The X-Factor finalists

John Suchet
John Suchet

- Broadcaster John Suchet visited Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to promote an appeal for money to buy radios and other equipment as part of the charity's "kennel enrichment plan" - music stimulates the dogs at the home and helps them to cope better. Suchet's Classic FM show is part of the plan: "I was delighted to find out my show makes a difference for the dogs," he said.

- Mollie King, from the girl group The Saturdays, visited Dyslexia Action's new London centre in Judd Street. The centre will provide reading and writing support to 12 to 17-year-olds. King, who is dyslexic, was chosen by Dyslexia Action supporters as their most inspiring celebrity.

- The chef Simon Rimmer hosted an event at his Earle Restaurant in Hale, Cheshire, to raise money for the children's charity Brainwave. Guests included the Coronation Street actors Samia Smith and Will Thorp. The three celebrities have agreed to support the charity during its 30th anniversary year in 2012.

- Celebrities including the musician Sting and the actors Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are among those who have given items that will be auctioned to raise money for the Rainforest Foundation UK's 12 Days of Christmas event.

Toyah Willcox - The singer Toyah Willcox is among the celebrities to have purchased a virtual brick for the Stroke Association's Honour Wall, which will help raise funds for a care centre for stroke victims. Anyone who buys one of the bricks will be able to dedicate it to a loved one.

- Finalists from this year's The X Factor visited a children's hospice in Guildford. They were advertising the fact that Together for Short Lives, which represents organisations working with life-limited children and their families, will be the beneficiary of the show's charity single this year.

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