Mel Giedroyc helps launch Marie Curie Cancer Care's Blooming Great Tea Party

Plus: Maureen Lipman, Natalie and Nicole Appleton, Prince Charles, Ben Shephard, Gaby Roslin, Sir David Attenborough, David Harewood, Andrew Strauss, Joe Crowley, Lucy Siegle, Fay Ripley, Josie Lawrence, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Dermot Murnaghan

Mel Giedroyc
Mel Giedroyc

The presenter of The Great British Bake Off has helped to launch Marie Curie Cancer Care's Blooming Great Tea Party, which asks people to have a cup of tea with friends and raise funds for the charity between 20 and 29 June. "Hosting a tea party is a fantastic national tradition, and I can think of no better way of raising money for a good cause than holding a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care," she said.

The comedian and actor Maureen Lipman and the singers and actors Natalie and Nicole Appleton helped to raise £60,000 for Myeloma UK by joining the cancer charity's Retail Therapy Walk through London shopping streets this month.

Prince Charles has been announced as the new patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which works to improve the lives of people living with the genetic disorder. The announcement was made at the 50th anniversary gala of the trust, also attended by the TV presenters Ben Shephard and Gaby Roslin.

The naturalist Sir David Attenborough took part in an event in London this month to celebrate the World Land Trust's 25th anniversary. "The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of," he said. Attenborough has been involved with the conservation charity since it was formed, and has been a patron for the past 11 years.

Celebrities including the actor David Harewood, the former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and The One Show reporters Joe Crowley and Lucy Siegle were among the guests at the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan's 20th annual Daisy Ball in London this month. Harewood donated bone marrow for cancer treatment in 2007.

Famous faces including the actor Fay Ripley, the comedian and actor Josie Lawrence and the broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli took part in ActionAid's Call My Wine Bluff event, hosted by the Sky News anchor Dermot Murnaghan. The event raised more than £230,000.

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