Richard Hammond becomes ambassador for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Plus Olivia Colman, Stevie Johnson, Max Rushden, Denise Lewis and Matt Dawson

Richard Hammond and wife Mindy
Richard Hammond and wife Mindy

- The Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy have become ambassadors for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Hammond was airlifted to hospital by an air ambulance in Yorkshire when he suffered a near-fatal high-speed crash in September 2006, and Mindy's godson was airlifted to hospital in 2012 when he was knocked unconscious by a horse. "When you're critically ill or badly injured as a result of an accident, speed is the essence of saving lives," said Hammond.

- The star of the scripted reality show Made in Chelsea, Stevie Johnson, is the 500,000th person to join the bone marrow register run by the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan. The charity uses the register to try to find donors for people with blood cancer in need of bone marrow transplants or stem cells. Johnson said he joined the register after reading about 17-year-old Victoria Rathmill, the youngest person to donate bone marrow to a stranger.

- Max Rushden, who presents Soccer AM on Sky Sports, has become an ambassador for the football charity Street League. Rushden visited the charity's academy in Hartlepool, which is being supported by donations from sales of Soccer AM T-shirts. "There are so many charities that do good, but I just think helping youngsters who are not exactly sure where they are going in life is a really important thing," he said. The charity uses football to help unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds develop key life skills.

Denise Lewis- The Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Denise Lewis (right) has become president of the children's medical research charity Sparks. She takes over for the next year from the former rugby player Matt Dawson, who becomes vice-president. Her appointment was announced at the Sparks winter ball in December in London. The event raised more than £325,000 for the charity.

- The actor Olivia Colman has recorded a poem about the Auschwitz concentration camp for Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on 27 January. "It's really important that more people are aware of the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day, and I hope this recording of the poem will provide encouragement and ideas for people's HMD events," said Colman. The poem was written by the HMD activity organiser Charles Whittaker.

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