Michael Sheen supports Read for RNIB Day

Plus Ed Sheeran, Ricky Gervais, Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Robbie Savage, Laura Wright, Fay Ripley, Jennie McAlpine, Anthony Cotton, Debbie Rush, Mikey North and Paul O'Grady

Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen

- The actor Michael Sheen recorded lines from a selection of well-known children's books in support of Read for RNIB Day, which took place on 19 October. The event, which is in its second year, had an Alice in Wonderland theme: Sheen provided the voice for the White Rabbit in the 2010 film version of the Lewis Carroll tale. "We hope to inspire and encourage people to read and get involved in the campaign," said Sheen. "This raises funds for services such as RNIB's National Library Service, which offers books in alternative formats to blind and partially sighted people."

- The singer Ed Sheeran, the comedian Ricky Gervais, the television presenters Graham Norton and Tess Daly and the former footballer Robbie Savage are among the celebrities to have contributed audio messages that will be auctioned off in teddy bears to raise funds for the cancer charity Clic Sargent. Each message has been recorded onto the voice box of a bear and will play when its tummy is pressed. The auctions are taking place on the website eBay and will run until 28 October.

- The soprano Laura Wright has agreed to become an ambassador for the music charity Nordoff Robbins. "Music helps us all, but the work done at Nordoff Robbins is something really special," she said.

- The actor Fay Ripley has become an ambassador for the children's charity Barnardo's. She has been a supporter of the charity since 2004.

- The Coronation Street actors Jennie McAlpine, Antony Cotton, Debbie Rush and Mikey North were among the cast members who attended the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Manchester Gala Dinner earlier this month.

- The presenter Paul O'Grady has become an ambassador for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. He has been filming at the animal welfare home in south London for the ITV1 series Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs, which began airing last month.

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