Terry Jones becomes patron of The Philosophy Shop

Ugo Monye, Danny Care, Bill Tarney, Dame Judi Dench, Kevin McCloud, Tommy Walsh, Fatboy Slim, Brett Anderson

Terry Jones
Terry Jones

- The comedian and writer Terry Jones has become a patron for the educational charity The Philosophy Shop, which introduces philosophy to schoolchildren to develop their reasoning skills. "I am a keen backer of The Philosophy Shop and delighted to accept the position of patron," said Jones. "I will support it in its work, which is hugely important and worthwhile."

- The Harlequins and England rugby union players Ugo Monye and Danny Care sported blue mouthguards with the logo of the Prostate Cancer Charity to show their support for the cause. "Blokes spend so much time going to the gym and looking good, but we don't always pay such close attention to our health," said Monye. "With an issue like prostate cancer, which can be treated successfully if caught early, it is really important that we do."

- Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth in the television soap Coronation Street, has become a patron of Brain Tumour Research. He is supporting the charity after his son, Carl Piddington, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour two years ago. After extensive treatment, including two craniotomies, Piddington lives with regular seizures and the risk of the cancer returning. "I am immensely proud to be able to support Brain Tumour Research in its search for a cure and I hope together we can make a difference to those families, like mine, that have been affected by this dreadful disease," said Tarmey.

- Famous faces including the actor Dame Judi Dench, the Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and the celebrity builder Tommy Walsh are supporting the British Lung Foundation's campaign to warn people about the dangers of asbestos. The celebrities have each signed a hard hat that will be auctioned later this year to raise funds to support the campaign, which aims to give people doing DIY more information about where they might find asbestos in their homes.

- Oxfam has announced that Fatboy Slim and the Suede frontman Brett Anderson are among those who will be performing in an Oxfam charity shop for the fifth Oxjam music festival. The week of gigs, which starts on 26 September, will kick off a month of fundraising events involving 9,000 bands and musicians.

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