Tim Minchin to perform at Shelter event

Diane Louise Jordan, Rebecca Front, Tommy Walsh, Simon Pegg, Joseph Fiennes, Martin Clunes, Brian Blessed, Joanna Lumley and Jade Ewen

Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin

- Tim Minchin is among the comedians who will perform at an event next month to raise funds for Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Stand Up For Shelter will take place on 27 February at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and will also feature Alistair McGowan, Stewart Francis and Sara Pascoe. "I'm delighted to be part of this show for Shelter, a brilliant charity that steps in really quickly to help struggling families with no homes," said Minchin. "The line-up is great - it's different and hilarious, and it's going to be a fantastic night of comedy and awesome fun."

- The presenter Diane Louise Jordan, the comedian Rebecca Front and the celebrity builder Tommy Walsh were among the famous people who spent a day smashing walnuts at a disused shop front in London to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer UK's Sledgehammer Fund, which aims to raise money to combat prostate cancer. The charity will have a representative on hand between 8am and 7pm until 4 February to smash a walnut with a sledgehammer in the shop window, which is in Proctor Street, each time a donation of £5 or more is made to the fund. The charity hopes to crack 10,000 walnuts - one for every man who dies from the disease each year in the UK.

- The actor and director Simon Pegg will host a special screening of the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild to raise funds for Oxfam. It will take place at London's Mayfair Hotel on 6 February.

- The actors Joseph Fiennes, Martin Clunes, Brian Blessed and Joanna Lumley are among the celebrities who have written an open letter to Richard Benyon, the wildlife minister. It urges him to support a proposed ban on the international trade in polar bears and polar bear body parts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Thailand in March.

- The singer Jade Ewen, from the band the Sugababes, launched the Co-operative's charity of the year partnership with Carers Trust. "As someone who has been, and still is, a young adult carer, I'm really pleased to be able to support others through Carers Trust," she said.

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