John Torode to raise funds for British Heart Foundation

Plus Damian Lewis, Rebecca Adlington, Mark Foster, Karen Pickering, Michael Jamieson, Sir Terry Wogan and Simon Weston

John Torode
John Torode

- The MasterChef presenter John Torode (right) will take part in the London to Brighton bike ride on 15 June to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. "I have always been aware of the importance of looking after one's heart, but this year my team and I will be riding for those close to us who have been affected by heart disease over the past 12 months," he said.

- The actor Damian Lewis is among the celebrities to give their support to a new long-term campaign from the charity Prostate Cancer UK. Men United v Prostate Cancer asks men to sign up to show their support for the campaign, which will raise awareness of the disease. The actor Charles Dance, the presenter Sir Michael Parkinson, the former England rugby union captain Will Carling and the comedian Bill Bailey are also giving their support. "I'm joining Men United because it's about hammering a disease that kills 10,000 men in the UK each year," said Lewis.

- The swimmers Rebecca Adlington, Mark Foster, Karen Pickering and Michael Jamieson will take part in an attempt to break the world record for the quickest time for 100 people to swim 100 metres in relay. The event, which will take place at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on 1 February, will raise funds for the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The record is 1 hour, 37 minutes and 53 seconds.

- The presenter Sir Terry Wogan has given his backing to MaRAFon 2014, which will raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Participants will be asked to run, walk or roll a distance of their choosing over the Easter weekend in April. "We all watch the London Marathon every year and think 'that looks amazing', but people like me haven't a chance of managing it ourselves," said Wogan. "The MaRAFon is a great way for young and old, disabled and able-bodied, fit and unfit to come together and have fun for a great cause."

- The Falklands War veteran Simon Weston has become a patron of the charity Limbcare, which gives advice and support to amputees and their families.


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