Prince Harry supports the Halo Trust

Plus James Arthur, Ronni Ancona, Phil Vickery, Brenda Blethyn, Dame Shirley Bassey and Richard Whitehead

Prince Harry
Prince Harry

- Prince Harry is supporting the landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust in its 25th anniversary year. Shortly before her death in 1997, his mother, Princess Diana, visited Angola to witness the work being done by the Halo Trust.

- The pop singer James Arthur has agreed to promote campaigns on behalf of Crisis, the homelessness charity, after visiting clients at a songwriting workshop. The X Factor winner, who has personal experience of sleeping rough, said: "Crisis is a charity close to my heart."

- The comedian and actor Ronni Ancona has become an ambassador for Sightsavers, the charity working to tackle blindness in developing countries. She became aware of the charity when she visited some of its projects on a trip to Kenya to raise money for Comic Relief in 2011.

- Phil Vickery, the former England rugby union captain, will take part in a series of challenges this summer on behalf of Wooden Spoon, a children's rugby charity. He will cycle more than 2,000 miles, row 12 miles and run and climb five of the biggest mountains in the UK and Ireland between June and September.

- The actor Brenda Blethyn and the singer Dame Shirley Bassey are asking women to donate unwanted shoes to the children's charity Barnardo's. The Shoe Appeal is intended to raise thousands of pounds for vulnerable children. Blethyn has donated a pair of gold sandals that she wore to the Oscars in 1997. Bassey has given more than 10 pairs of her favourite footwear.

- Gold-medal winning Paralympic athlete Richard Whitehead is the new patron of Sarcoma UK. Whitehead is a long-time supporter of the charity, having run the New York Marathon in 2006 on its behalf. He said he was honoured to take up the role and looked forward to raising awareness of sarcoma cancer given the death from the illness in 2005 of his friend and mentor Simon Mellows. Whitehead dedicated his 200m gold in the London 2012 Paralympics to him.

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