Sean Bean supports Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

Plus Mark Webber, Pauline McLynn, Rita Tushingham, Amy Lame, Nancy Dell'Olio, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Joanna David, Samantha Cameron, Beverley Knight, Kirstie Allsopp and Baroness Floella Benjamin

Sean Bean
Sean Bean

- The actor Sean Bean has become patron of a campaign by the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, which supports the hospital of the same name in Sheffield. Bean is backing Do Your Bit, which involves creating a virtual wall where members of the public can pledge to help the charity. "Cancer affects us all at some point, so it is good to know that there is a world-renowned specialist cancer hospital in this region," said Bean.

- The Formula One driver Mark Webber has collaborated with two London restaurants to raise money for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. For the second year running, Webber convinced both Sam's Brasserie and Bar in Chiswick and Harrison's in Balham to donate £1 for each Australian burger sold on Australia Day next weekend, 26 January, to the charity.

- The actors Pauline McLynn and Rita Tushingham are among the performers who will take part in a production of The Vagina Monologues at the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate, Kent, on 17 February, to raise funds for the Oasis Domestic Abuse Service in the county. The radio presenter Amy Lamé and the TV personality Nancy Dell'Olio will also perform.

- The rugby league player Jamie Jones-Buchanan has become an ambassador for the literacy charity the Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge, which invites adult literacy learners and less confident readers to read six books and record their experiences.

- The actor Joanna David, who appeared in the 1970s TV adaptations of Sense and Sensibility and War and Peace, has become a patron of Pancreatic Cancer Action, which campaigns to improve survival rates by increasing the information and funding available.

- Samantha Cameron, the wife of the Prime Minister, hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street in support of a new project from Breast Cancer Campaign. The event was attended by the singer Beverley Knight and the TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp.

- The author and TV presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin has been appointed patron of Beating Bowel Cancer, which campaigns for awareness of and access to treatment for the disease.

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