Pixie Lott launches Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal

Plus Jason Flemyng, Gok Wan, Hugh Jackman, Kevin Spacey, Renee Zellweger, Eric Clapton, Roger Federer and Julian Fellowes

Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott

- The singer Pixie Lott performed at a free concert in London last week to mark the start of this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Lott had previously visited RAF Northolt in north-west London to see the charity's monthly advice clinic in action. "My grandad was in the Royal Navy and great grandad was in the Royal Marines Light Infantry, so when the Royal British Legion asked me if I'd be one of the faces of this year's Poppy Appeal, I jumped at the chance," she said. The singer Alesha Dixon and the Military Wives Choir also took part in the concert, which was held in Trafalgar Square.

- The actor Jason Flemyng, best known for his roles in the British gangster films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, is asking people to consider volunteering for Barnardo's. He made the call before CSV's Make a Difference Day, the UK's biggest day of volunteering. "You don't have to be a famous actor to make a difference," said Flemyng. "People from all walks of life can make a real contribution to the charity, and pick up new skills and valuable experience at the same time."

- The TV presenter Gok Wan will host the awards of the gay rights charity Stonewall at the V&A in London on 1 November.

- A host of famous names including the actors Hugh Jackman, Kevin Spacey and Renee Zellweger, the musician Eric Clapton and the tennis player Roger Federer have donated hats that have been auctioned to raise funds for the homelessness charity St Mungo's. The auctions, which ended on 28 October, tied in with the charity's Woolly Hat Day on 26 October, which asked people to wear a hat to raise funds.

- The actor, director and Downton Abbey screenwriter Julian Fellowes opened a refurbished care home in Taunton on behalf of the residential and home care charity Care South. "I am delighted to meet some of those already enjoying the security and comfort of this charming building," he said.

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