Nadia Sawalha promotes British Heart Foundation's Big Donation stock appeal

Plus Bernard Hill, The Saturdays, Sally Gunnell, Dame Judi Dench

Nadia Sawalha
Nadia Sawalha

- The fomer EastEnders actor and television presenter Nadia Sawalha is promoting the British Heart Foundation's Big Donation stock appeal. She recently lost three and a half stone and has donated clothes that no longer fit to the charity. "There's no point hoarding all those gorgeous clothes you no longer wear when someone else can enjoy them," she said. "Everyone can help save lives this September by donating good quality items to their local BHF shop."

- The Lord of the Rings actor Bernard Hill abseiled down Southwold lighthouse in Suffolk to raise money for the RNLI. "The volunteer crews who launch their boats into all sorts of sea conditions on a daily basis are anonymous heroes, and I'm happy to do whatever I can to support them," said Hill, who completed the challenge for the second time. The event has so far raised £20,000.

- The pop group The Saturdays are supporting A Dog Is Not A Toy, an initiative run jointly by the Dogs Trust and the video games manufacturer Nintendo. This campaign was started in response to the current fashion of dogs being carried around in handbags or treated as accessories. The band launch the initiative today at Dogs Trust's Harefield rehoming centre in west London.

- The former Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sally Gunnell is the presenter of an exercise DVD produced by the MS Society. The DVD features a range of exercises and stretches demonstrated by Gunnell and people living with MS. "It's been great to see how people have benefitted from the exercises after only a few months," said Gunnell.

- The actor Dame Judi Dench has donated an undisclosed amount of money to the international disaster-relief charity ShelterBox. Dench was moved after learning of ShelterBox's response to the famine in East Africa. "This is a very effective and immediate way of helping those in extreme distress," she said. Dench has supported ShelterBox before; in June she donated a theatre poster to the charity's Big Green Box Week pop-up shop.

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