Kelly-Marie Stewart appointed ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

Plus Rod Steward, Laura Carmichael, Richard Wilson, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom Daley and Chris Hollins

Kelly-Marie Stewart with her daughter Daisy
Kelly-Marie Stewart with her daughter Daisy

- The former Hollyoaks actor Kelly-Marie Stewart, pictured with her two-year-old daughter Daisy, has been appointed as an ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Stewart has Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare nerve disorder, and the character she played in the teen soap was also disabled. She has campaigned for better advice and support for disabled mothers, and spent a day meeting people affected by muscular dystrophy who were supporters of the charity. "Mine is a different condition, but I could relate to them and found that we shared a lot of the same issues," she said.

- The singer Rod Stewart has agreed to donate proceeds from his seasonal single to the Celtic Charity Fund, which is the charitable arm of Celtic Football Club, and the Teenage Cancer Trust. The recording of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas was released on 9 December, with a minimum of 50p from every digital single and 40p from every single on CD going towards the charities.

- The actors Laura Carmichael, who plays Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey, and Richard Wilson have recorded video messages for an online Advent calendar for Contact the Elderly. The messages are designed to raise awareness of tea parties for over-75s organised by the national charity, which supports older people facing isolation.

Chris Hollins [r] with Tom Daley- The diver Tom Daley and the TV presenter Chris Hollins (both pictured right) were guests at the Brain Tumour Charity's 15th anniversary gala dinner. Olympic medallist Daley, whose father died from a brain tumour in 2011, helped raise funds by donating dinner with himself as an auction prize.

- The rower Andrew Triggs Hodge spoke about his experiences of sudden cardiac death at the annual parliamentary reception of Cardiac Risk in the Young. The star, who won gold medals at the London and Beijing Olympics, lost two friends to young sudden cardiac death.

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