Red Dwarf's Danny John-Jules travels to Spain by motorcycle for Riders for Health

Plus: Ricky Wilson, Lord Prescott, Louis Smith, Levi Roots, Craig Brown, Helena Lucas and Ashley Banjo

Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules
Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules

The Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise actor Danny John-Jules has travelled 1,250 miles by motorcycle from the UK to Valencia in Spain to raise awareness of Riders for Health, which uses motorbikes to deliver healthcare supplies to remote communities in Africa. A documentary about his trip will be broadcast on the Community Channel this month.

The Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson, the Labour peer Lord Prescott, the gymnast Louis Smith and the Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots are among the celebrities who have pledged to "go commando" in a commercial for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign. The event, which will take place on 7 March, asks men to ditch their underwear for a day to raise awareness of male cancers.

The former Scotland football manager Craig Brown has visited a care home in Bishopton, Clydebank, run by the Scottish veterans charity Erskine. He told the ex-servicemen and women anecdotes of his time as a football manager before holding a question-and-answer session with veterans and staff. "It has been a great privilege to visit the Erskine veterans," said Brown. "I have so much respect for all the wonderful work that is done across the charity's five homes."

The sailor and Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas has become an ambassador for the youth charity UKSA, which seeks to improve the lives of young people through sailing. "They know that being out at sea, facing a challenge and working both individually and as a team can make you a more positive, more able person," she said. "It gives you confidence; it raises your self-esteem. This is something in which I strongly believe."

Ashley Banjo, leader of the dance group Diversity, has joined the British Red Cross in promoting its fundraising competition Dance: Make Your Move. The charity hopes to attract more than 4,000 young people to participate in the events, which ask schools and clubs to choreograph dance routines that reflect their work. "I am proud to be an ambassador and want to encourage teachers, dance teachers and youth groups to sign up and get involved," he said. "It's an amazing experience, and all for a great cause."

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