People: Celebrities

Actor Ben Barnes, star of Easy Virtue and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, has been made a patron of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the charity that grants wishes to children fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Credit: Getty images/Marco Di Lauro
Credit: Getty images/Marco Di Lauro

Comedian, actor and writer Michael Palin is marking the 20th anniversary of his Around the World in 80 Days BBC series and book by talking about his experiences during the journey at a fundraising event for the Campaign for Better Transport. Around the World in 80 Ways was due to be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 13 November.

Palin's fellow Python John Cleese has joined actors Tony Robinson and Stephen Merchant, entertainer and illusionist Derren Brown and television presenter Judy Finnegan in supporting St Peter's Hospice in Bristol. The famous names have each painted a piggy bank to be auctioned off in aid of the hospice on eBay this month.

Huw Edwards, the BBC's Ten O'Clock News anchorman, is supporting Trinity Hospice's Light Up a Life appeal. A 40-foot Christmas tree will be placed outside the London hospice in early December. For every donation received in aid of the appeal, a light will be placed on the tree in honour of the life of a loved one. "Every year I take this opportunity to remember people who have been supported by Trinity, both at home and at the hospice itself," said Edwards.


Supports: The UN Refugee Agency

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie travelled to Afghanistan last month in her role as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador. She spoke to refugees returning to the country to live in the Nangarhar province and called for support for the organisation's return and reintegration work.

Almost 850,000 Afghans have returned to live in Nangarhar since 2002. The sheer number of people has placed huge pressures on land in one of Afghanistan's most densely populated provinces, and many live in poverty.

"The courage, resilience and quiet dignity of families rebuilding their lives against the kind of adversity few of us can imagine shows the human spirit at its best," said Jolie.

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