Kate Adie backs campaign by Blind Veterans UK

Plus Jason Donovan, HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Paloma Faith, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Brett Anderson, HRH the Princess Royal, Fearne Cotton, Coleen Rooney and Twiggy

Kate Adie
Kate Adie

- The former BBC news correspondent Kate Adie is backing a campaign by the charity Blind Veterans UK to make thousands of blind former service personnel aware that they are eligible for its support. The No One Alone campaign is particularly keen to reach men in their 70s and 80s with sight problems who did National Service but might not know that their brief time in the forces means they are eligible for the charity's support. Adie said: "It's estimated that there are more than 68,000 ex-armed forces personnel who are unaware that they could be benefiting from the life-changing support of Blind Veterans UK. I think that anyone who has served our country should not have to battle blindness alone."

- The singer and actor Jason Donovan hosted a Royal Gala performance to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee on Sunday. The event took place at the Savoy Theatre in London and featured performances from talented children and teenagers, who were chosen following a nationwide search by the children's newspaper First News. HRH Princess Beatrice of York attended the event and profits from tickets sales will go to the NSPCC's ChildLine.

- The singer Paloma Faith will perform at Union Chapel, Islington, north London, in aid of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice on 23 November. The show will also include guest appearances from other performers, including the singers Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brett Anderson.

- HRH the Princess Royal opened the Newlife Birth Defects Research Centre at University College London's Institute of Child Health, the research partner of Great Ormond Street Hospital on 25 October. The centre is the first in Europe to be dedicated to the research of birth defects. It will try to improve the understanding of birth defects and develop new forms of treatment.

- The TV presenters Fearne Cotton and Coleen Rooney and the model Twiggy are among the celebrities who have donated items of clothing to be auctioned off at The Clothes Throw 2012, a fundraising event that will raise money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital in West Derby, Liverpool. Rooney has donated a one-off dress she designed for Littlewoods, Cotton has donated a cream dress and Twiggy has given a selection of items including a dress and a pair of signed boots. The auction will run until 30 November.

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