Mark Knopfler to donate concert money to charity

Plus Michael Aspel, Keith Barron, Diana Moran, Gillian Anderson, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir Michael Parkinson, Johnny Ball, Brian Blessed and Ruth Langsford

Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler

- The musician Mark Knopfler has chosen five charities that will benefit from concerts he is giving this week at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Knopfler has donated £150,000 to be shared between the RNIB, the RNLI, the Tusk Trust, the Elephant Family and the Teenage Cancer Trust. One of these charities will address the audience before each concert to tell them about the work it does and to collect donations.

- The presenter Michael Aspel, the actor Keith Barron and the fitness expert and former 'Green Goddess' Diana Moran [left]Diana Moran [pictured left] have pledged their support for Princess Alice Hospice ahead of Volunteering England's Volunteers' Week, which starts on Saturday. Each of the celebrities were photographed with people who give their time to help the charity. Moran is pictured with her friend Clare Jennings, who is a volunteer at the charity's shop in Weybridge, Surrey.

- The actor Gillian Anderson has launched a Christmas card competition for primary school children that will raise money for the charity Children with Tumours, which provides holiday camps for children with neurofibromatosis. Anderson, whose younger brother Aaron died from the condition, will help to judge the competition. The winning cards will be printed and sold to raise funds for the charity.

- Celebrities including the entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth, the chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson, the presenter Johnny Ball and the actor Brian Blessed, all of whom have done national service, have backed a Blind Veterans UK campaign. The No One Alone campaign is designed to let national service veterans suffering from sight loss know that the charity can offer support.

- The presenter Ruth Langsford hosted a question-and-answer session on the Twitter feed of the Alzheimer's Society to promote Dementia Awareness Week, which took place last week. Langsford, who is an ambassador for the charity, answered questions about her personal experience of Alzheimer's: her father had the disease.

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