Simon Cowell supports Children's Hospice Week

Plus: Jeremy Paxman, Zoe Ball, Sol Campbell, Guy Ritchie, Jeremy Clarkson, Elizabeth Hurley, Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley

Simon Cowell is a patron of children's charity Together for Short Lives
Simon Cowell is a patron of children's charity Together for Short Lives

The X Factor judge, a patron of the sick children's charity Together for Short Lives, visited the Haven House Children's Hospice in Essex last month to promote Children's Hospice Week, which will take place between 13 and 20 June. He participated in a musical therapy session, and chatted with the children over tea in the hospice's garden. Cowell said: "It's always great to see so many smiles, which is a credit to the wonderful staff and I applaud them for all the amazing work that they do."

The journalist and author Jeremy Paxman has become a patron of Promoting Equality in African Schools. Paxman visited some of its schools in Uganda last summer. "PEAS schools not only meet a demand for secondary schooling, but as the model is focused on sustainability, once a school place is created it will continue to benefit the community for generations," Paxman said.

The TV and radio presenter Zoë Ball has carried out a charity skydive in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Ball took part in the sky dive in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to raise funds and awareness for the brain and spinal cord disease.

The former England footballer Sol Campbell visited staff and residents at the homelessness charity Caritas Anchor House in Canning Town, east London. Campbell, who grew up in east London, discussed the charity's work and listened to the personal stories of residents who were helped by the charity.

A fundraising auction held at Sotheby's in London has raised more than £1m for the sight-saving charity Orbis. Celebrities including the film director Guy Ritchie, the broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson and the model Elizabeth Hurley attended the auction. The evening featured an auction of original work by the artists Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley.

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