Princess Eugenie co-chairs a gala dinner for Children in Crisis

Plus: Karren Brady, Christopher Biggins, Dolly Parton, Lauren Goodger, Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley, Sadie Frost and Brian Blessed

Princess Eugenie (right), with her mother the Duchess of York (left) and Tracey Emin (centre)
Princess Eugenie (right), with her mother the Duchess of York (left) and Tracey Emin (centre)

HRH Princess Eugenie of York co-chaired a gala dinner at the Arts Antique London party in aid of Children in Crisis, established by her mother Sarah, the Duchess of York. Princess Eugenie is a global ambassador for the charity, which supports education programmes in five countries. The event was held at London's Kensington Gardens and was themed Victorian Child's Play. Among the guests was the artist Tracey Emin.

The businesswoman Karren Brady, star of The Apprentice, joined the actor Christopher Biggins for the Stroke Association's Life After Stroke Awards at London's Dorchester Hotel. The awards celebrate the achievements of stroke survivors, their carers and those that support them in their life after stroke.

The musician Dolly Parton presented a Braille book to five-year-old Dylan Manifold, who has no sight except for a slight light perception, to mark a new partnership between her childhood literacy programme Imagination Library and the sight-loss charity the RNIB. Working together, they will deliver Braille and audio books to blind and partially sighted children in the UK.

Lauren Goodger, star of The Only Way is Essex, turned her phone off for the day as she launched Samaritans' new fundraising day, Phone Free Friday, at London's Waterloo station. She spoke to commuters about the charity and encouraged them to sign up to take part in the fundraising initiative.

The musician Sir Paul McCartney has joined the National Anti-Vivisection Society campaign to end secrecy about animal experiments in the UK. He has signed up to a statement urging the repeal of Section 24, the "secrecy clause" of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, which is currently under review by the government. Twenty-four other celebrities have joined the campaign, including the comedian Ricky Gervais and the actors Joanna Lumley, Sadie Frost and Brian Blessed.

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