Keira Knightley records radio advert for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Plus Jonnie Peacock, Karren Brady, Pixie Lott, Mollie King and the Duchess of Cambridge

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley

- The actor Keira Knightley has recorded a radio advert for Marie Curie Cancer Care to raise awareness of its Great Daffodil Appeal, which takes place in March. Knightley is heard alongside fellow actor Stephen Mangan, who is a long-standing supporter of the charity, appealing for people to help collect funds. "The money you raise by ensuring as many people as possible are wearing the charity's daffodil pin will help Marie Curie to nurse terminally ill people in their final hours," said Knightley.

- Jonnie Peacock, who won a 100m gold medal at last year's Paralympics, has become a patron of the Meningitis Research Foundation. Peacock, who lost a leg to meningitis at the age of five, said: "Having suffered from it myself, I know first-hand how awful it can be and about the effect it has on those around you. I hope my involvement will make a difference."

- Karren Brady, who is vice-chair of West Ham United Football Club and an assistant to Lord Sugar in The Apprentice, has become the first patron of the Stroke Association's Life After Stroke Awards. Brady has supported the association since 2006, when she had surgery to treat a brain aneurysm, which could have led to a stroke.

Pixie Lott- The pop singer Pixie Lott (right) has become an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening conditions. Lott was moved to become a volunteer after the charity arranged for her to meet a four-year-old fan with muscle cancer.

- The singer Mollie King from the pop group The Saturdays has given her backing to the British Heart Foundation's Rock Up in Red Day, which encourages people to wear red to raise funds on 1 February.

- The Duchess of Cambridge has donated a hamper of baby clothes to be auctioned to raise funds for East Anglia's Children's Hospices.


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