Jude Law supports Ambitious about Autism gala night

Plus Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, Helen Mirren, Ben Whishaw, Matt Smith, Mel Giedroyc, Johnny Ball, Alec Newman, Brian Blessed, Jo Brand and Alastair Cook

Jude Law supports Ambitious about Autism gala night
Jude Law supports Ambitious about Autism gala night

- The actor Jude Law will appear on stage at the Apollo Theatre in London on 1 July as part of a charity gala night to raise funds for Ambitious about Autism and the National Autistic Society. A Curious Night at the Theatre is a detective story with other live appearances by the actors Luke Treadaway and Niamh Cusack, stars of the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Helen Mirren, Ben Whishaw and Matt Smith will make filmed appearances in the story. The presenter Mel Giedroyc will host the event.

- The presenter Johnny Ball and the Waterloo Road actor Alec Newman attended an event at the House of Commons to launch a fundraising campaign by the charity Blind Veterans UK. Tarts for Troops, which takes place between 29 June and 5 July, asks people to hold events such as bake-offs, tea parties or gourmet tart dinner parties to raise funds for the charity, which supports blind and visually impaired ex-servicemen and women.

- The actor Brian Blessed cheered on participants in the annual Wasperton to Stratford charity raft race on the River Avon in Warwickshire, which this year raised funds for Dogs for the Disabled. Blessed is vice-patron of the charity, which trains assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and families with autistic children. The race is organised by the Wellesbourne and Shakespeare Lions clubs.

- The actor and comedian Jo Brand was the host of the 21st Crisis Square Mile Run in the City of London on 13 June. About 2,000 people took part in the 6km run to raise funds for the homelessness charity. "What I really liked was that there were all sorts of people - all shapes and sizes - having a crack at it," said Brand.

- Alastair Cook, the England cricket captain, spent an hour in Croydon, south London, last week playing cricket with 20 young people who are supported by the Royal London Society for Blind People. Cook was taught how to bat, field and bowl while wearing special glasses that limited his vision.

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