Sir Ian McKellen supports Stonewall

Plus Sir Michael Caine, Ed McKeever, Ricky Hatton, Rachel Stevens and Angelica Bell

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

- The actor Sir Ian McKellan has narrated a new video for the gay equality charity Stonewall to raise awareness of homophobic bullying. McKellen visited six schools with the charity during anti-bullying week, which started on 19 November, to talk to pupils about his career and the barriers he has faced because he is gay. "Nothing in life is more important to me than helping gay young people realise that there are better days ahead of them," he said.

- The actor Sir Michael Caine will be among the famous names giving readings at the NSPCC's annual carol service in London on 5 December, which will raise funds for ChildLine. The television presenter Sir David Frost and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is a ChildLine patron, will also take part.

Ed McKeever- Ed McKeever (right), who won a kayaking gold medal at this year's London Olympics, helped clean up part of the River Lea in east London with volunteers from the waterway charity Thames21.

- The former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton has given his backing to the charity Children with Tumours, which provides respite to children affected by neurofibromatosis and their carers, and funds research into the condition.

- The former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens has become an ambassador for WaterAid, which provides access to safe water to people in some of the world's poorest communities. Stevens went to Ethiopia to see the charity's work in the urban slums of the capital, Addis Ababa. "Seeing the difference that WaterAid makes, transforming lives when there is easy access to safe water and proper toilets, is what made me want to work more closely with it and to do more," said Stevens.

- The television presenter Angellica Bell has become a patron of School in a Bag, a fundraising project set up by the disaster relief charity the Piers Simon Appeal. The initiative delivers rucksacks of stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to poor, vulnerable and disaster-affected children around the world.

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