9 great charitable causes that are being pro-actively supported by celebrities in the run-up to Christmas!

Here’s details of 9 celebrities that are supporting charities in the run up to Christmas – 8 from an article produced by UK Fundraising, together with one of our own:

1. Nadiya Hussain launches WaterAid appeal – TV chef Nadiya Hussain MBE recently launched WaterAid’s new appeal, Thirst for Knowledge, which helps to give generations of girls the chance to build a better future by bringing clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene to schools worldwide.

2. Gerard Butler match funds annual fundraising supper for CHAS – the actor Gerard Butler has once again shown his support for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) by making a surprise festive donation to the charity. The Paisley-born star offered to match fund money raised at the annual Comrie Festive Supper for CHAS, while he was back in Scotland visiting his mum Margaret Coll, who lives in Comrie.

3. Lorraine Kelly hosts The STV Children’s Appeal – TV presenter Lorraine Kelly once again hosted this year’s STV Children’s Appeal. The annual TV fundraising event took place on Friday 29 October, with this its tenth birthday. For the first time, it was hosted at Kilmarnock-based performing arts academy CentreStage.

4. Duchess of Cornwall extends BookTrust patronage – the BookTrust has announced that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to extend her patronage of the charity. After a decade as Patron of BookTrust, The Duchess of Cornwall’s continued support coincides with the charity’s new strategy which focuses on supporting children from disadvantaged families to enjoy the transformative benefits of reading. 

5. Sir Chris Hoy joins charity cycle for Social Bite Villages – Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy led the way on Sunday 5 September as he joined hundreds of other cyclists on a charity cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise money to help build two new villages for people experiencing homelessness. Hoy completed the 60-mile route to support Social Bite’s ‘Break the Cycle’ campaign, which has so far raised over £700,000 as it aims to fund the creation of two new Social Bite Villages in Glasgow and London.

6. Actor and Producer David Oyelowo, Paralympian Amy Conroy and actors Dame Harriet Walter, Jason Watkins, Daniel Mays and Kadiff Kirwan have joined forces in a short film for Stand Up To Cancer.

7. Nedum Onuoha joins City in the Community’s Board of Trustees – Manchester City Football Club’s Official Foundation, City in the Community (CITC), has announced that former player Nedum Onuoha, who grew up in the area where Manchester City play their home games and represented the club between 2004 and 2012, has joined its Board of Trustees.

8. Helen Fospero presents Lifeline appeal for SeeAbility – TV presenter Helen Fospero presented the BBC Lifeline Appeal in support of learning disability charity SeeAbility on 21 November.

9. Angela Rippon CBE – the TV presenter, journalist, newsreader and writer launched Somerset charity Reminiscence Learning‘s new book of children’s short stories, “Archie’s Adventures and the Pickles He Got Into“, written by the charity’s Chief Executive, Fiona Mahoney. The stories and accompanying colouring-in book, which make a great stocking filler for children, raises awareness among young people about the condition of dementia.

Image: (from left) Archie, Anne Mitchell, co-owner of the Rumwell Farm Shop in Taunton, where Reminiscence Learning‘s new educational book, “Archie’s Adventures and the Pickles He Got Into“, was launched, and Angela Rippon CBE, who read out  an extract from “Archie Wins a Prize” to a captivated audience.