Jamie Peacock helps Greenhouse Sports smash fundraising target, & other celebrity news

Melanie May | 30 March 2021 | News

Jamie Peacock has helped Greenhouse Sports smash its fundraising target while Lemn Sissay, Tamzin Outhwaite, and Peter Capaldi are among some of the other well-known faces helping charities this month.



Lemn Sissay becomes Place2Be ambassador

Writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE has become the newest ambassador of Place2Be. Sissay is a BAFTA nominated international prize-winning poet, writer and broadcaster. His acclamed autobiography, My Name is Why, reflects on a childhood of neglect and determination; and explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. He is Chancellor of The University of Manchester and holds Honorary Doctorates from The Universities of Huddersfield, Manchester, Kent and Brunei. He also founded the Gold from the Stone Foundation and holds several trustee and patron roles with organisations supporting young people in the care system. As ambassador, he will help Place2Be to spread the word about its work supporting children and young people’s mental health.


Jamie Peacock

Jamie Peacock helps Greenhouse Sports beat fundraising target

Greenhouse Sports has smashed through its fundraising target of £30,000 after Great Britain Rugby League legend Jamie Peacock successfully completed his Double Marathon in aid of the Charity on Friday 5 March. Greenhouse Sports and Jamie Peacock have now raised over £60,000, to fund two full-time Sports coaches for schools in London’s poorest areas. Greenhouse Sports and Jamie Peacock designed a unique route for the Double Marathon after his initial plan of running Bristol’s Green Man Ultramarathon was scuppered by Coronavirus restrictions, starting and finishing at the Greenhouse Sports Centre in Marylebone. Jamie ran the course with Simon Dent, the founder of sports marketing agency Dark Horses.


Peter Capaldi donates script for auction benefitting CHAS

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi donated an exclusive Doctor Who script for an auction at the first ever virtual version of Capital Sci-Fi Con on 13 March in aid of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). The one-off shooting script raised £1,200 and was signed and personalised by the Twelfth Doctor himself, as well as from his last ever episode ‘The Doctor Falls,’. This is the second time the actor has donated such an item to Capital Sci-Fi Con, with last year’s illustrated offering raising £4,460.


Tamzin Outhwaite

Tamzin Outhwaite becomes patron of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People appeal

TV star Tamzin Outhwaite has become patron of a major appeal for Surrey based charity, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF). Outhwaite is supporting QEF’s ‘Edward Guinness Appeal’ which is raising £2.7m towards the development of its new Care and Rehabilitation Centre (CRC); providing life-changing neuro rehabilitation for hundreds of people a year after a stroke or acquired brain injury. The appeal launched at the end of 2019 and has raised just over £700,000 already, with the aim of raising an additional £2m over the next two years.



Jeremy Pang supports Plan Zheroes

TV Chef Jeremy Pang helped Borough Market and zero waste food charity Plan Zheroes this month celebrate 200,000 meals worth of surplus food donated from the Market, during the 500th collection between the organisations. Surplus food from the famous Market’s traders is collected twice a week by Plan Zheroes and redistributed to local charities to help feed vulnerable people in London. Since joining forces with Borough Market in 2014, Plan Zheroes has facilitated 500 collections of surplus food from the Market’s traders, amounting to over 80 tonnes – the equivalent to almost 200,000 meals’ worth of food – and 800 tonnes of C02 emissions saved. The collections are made every Wednesday and Saturday and the food is distributed to more than 20 charities to feed vulnerable people across the capital.


Nina Wadia becomes ambassador for EIDA

Actor and broadcaster Nina Wadia OBE has affirmed her commitment to raising awareness of and tackling domestic abuse by becoming an ambassador for the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA). Wadia starred in Open All Hours and sensation Goodness Gracious Me, and is known for playing Zainab in Eastenders, a character who experienced sustained abuse at the hands of her partner. Wadia is a long time active campaigner against violence, trafficking and abuse and was recognised for her services to entertainment and charity in the 2020 New Year honours.

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