Sally Bercow presents cheque to Ambitious about Autism

Plus Lorraine Kelly, Howard Webb, Andrew Lansley, Samantha Cameron, Aexel Scheffler, Korky Paul, Satoshi, Kitamura, Ewan McGregor, Lord Norman Foster, Martha Lane Fox, Sir Terry Pratchett

Sally Bercow
Sally Bercow

- Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, has presented the charity Ambitious about Autism with a cheque for £100,000 from her recent appearance on the reality show Celebrity Big Brother. Bercow and her husband John are patrons of the charity.

- Samantha Cameron, wife of the Prime Minister, visited the offices of Contact a Family, which supports the families of disabled children. "I speak from experience when highlighting how essential it is for any parent with a disabled child to have a break from daily care and to share their experiences with other parents in the same situation," said Cameron, whose disabled son Ivan died in 2009 aged six. "It makes all the difference to have a support network and to exchange advice and concerns."

- A group of seven illustrators, including Axel Scheffler, Korky Paul and Satoshi Kitamura have put their own artwork up for auction in support of Amnesty International. The illustrations are taken from the book We Are All Born Free, which was published in association with Amnesty International.

Ewan McGregor- The actor Ewan McGregor was among the famous names who gave their backing to the first Hospice Care Week, which was organised by the umbrella body Help the Hospices and took place from 8 to 14 October. Well-known faces including McGregor, the TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, the football referee Howard Webb and the health secretary Andrew Lansley had their photographs taken holding up a word showing what hospice care meant to them. McGregor is an active supporter of Children's Hospice Association Scotland, one of about 100 organisations that took part in the week.

- The architect Lord Norman Foster has become an ambassador for Bowel Cancer UK. Foster designed projects including London's Millennium Bridge and the new Wembley Stadium.

- The entrepreneur and digital champion Martha Lane Fox and the author Sir Terry Pratchett have become patrons of the disability and e-accessibility charity AbilityNet.

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