Sue Perkins supports Victim Support

Plus Kevin Whately, Toby Anstis, Sir Michael Parkinson and Miriam Stoppard

Sue Perkins
Sue Perkins

- The comedian Sue Perkins will be a guest conductor at the Tchaikovsky Gala at the Barbican Hall in London on 22 November, which will raise money for Victim Support. Perkins, who won the 2008 BBC2 series Maestro, in which a group of eight celebrities learnt to conduct, said: "This concert will showcase the best of Tchaikovsky's work, while raising much-needed money to help victims of crime leave the scars of their ordeal behind them."

Kevin Whately pictured with Marilyn Cooper- The actor Kevin Whately (pictured right with Marilyn Cooper, who has dementia) was the guest of honour at the official opening of a newly refurbished dementia-friendly daycare centre run by the charity Dementia Care in Newcastle upon Tyne. Whately, whose mother had dementia, said: "I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by sufferers and their families and the support this centre offers at every stage of the condition would have been invaluable to me and my family.

- The radio presenter Toby Anstis has given his backing to a call by the adoption charity Caritas Care to encourage more people to consider adopting children. Anstis, who was adopted with his twin sister at six weeks old, said: "It's probably one of the most amazing things that anyone can do: to love, support and nurture a baby or child, especially if the child has been in a home or with foster parents for a while. All they need is a family that they can call their own and with which they can find permanent love."

- The presenter Sir Michael Parkinson was on hand at a reception at the House of Lords last week to congratulate 27 Alzheimer's Society volunteers for their dedication to improving the lives of people with dementia.

- The broadcaster and author Miriam Stoppard went to Cartagena, Colombia, to visit one of the six children she sponsors through the children's charity Plan UK. She spent a day with five-year-old Mariana and her family to see how her donations have helped them.

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