Mark Hunter supports Big Waterways Clean Up 2012 campaign

Plus Sting, Anthony Daniels, Roxanne Pallett, Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley, Charlotte De Carle, Penny Lancaster Stewart, Jonathan Ross, Dame Shirley Bassey, Melanie C, Peter Andre

Mark Hunter
Mark Hunter

- The Olympic gold medal-winning rower Mark Hunter is urging people to volunteer to help clean up rivers and canals in east London as part of the Big Waterways Clean Up 2012, a partnership campaign led by the environmental charity Thames21. The charity wants 4,000 people to step forward before the Olympics, in which Hunter will be competing. "I urge all Londoners to get involved in the Big Waterways Clean Up and help improve these amazing spaces," he said.

- The musician Sting has become cultural patron for the Wallsend Memorial Hall & People's Centre on Tyneside. "The Mem is a local landmark I remember well from my boyhood in Wallsend," said Sting. "I'm very happy to support it."

- The actor Anthony Daniels, who played the robot C-3PO in the Star Wars films, has given his backing to a badge that will raise funds for Variety, the Children's Charity. The badge features C-3PO and his sidekick R2-D2. "C-3PO has been doing his very best to take care of humans in a distant galaxy for the past 35 years," said Daniels. "Now I'm delighted to direct his efforts towards helping some younger humans have a better time on our planet."

Roxanne Pallett - The former Emmerdale actor Roxanne Pallett is among the famous faces supporting Age UK's Bobble Day, which asked supporters to put Age UK fluffy bobbles on their winter woollies to raise funds. The actors Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley and Charlotte De Carle were also backing this year's event, which took place on 10 February. "Go on, wrap up warm in your brightest woollies, pin on your Age UK bobble and help spread that warm and fuzzy feeling this winter," said Pallett.

- The model Penny Lancaster Stewart and the presenter Jonathan Ross are among the celebrities supporting a campaign to raise £1m over the next 10 months for the charity the Lowe Syndrome Trust, which funds research into the debilitating childhood condition. The charity has set up an online Celebrity Garden of Hope, where people can make donations in order to grow virtual trees belonging to celebrities including Ross and Lancaster Stewart and the singers Dame Shirley Bassey and Melanie C.

- The singer and reality TV participant Peter Andre has adopted a five-month-old pug called Charlie from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Andre said on Twitter: "Welcome Charlie Pug :))) we love him. He is a dude."

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