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Last Updated: Thursday December 16 2004 16:11 GMT

Profiles of famous people who started charities

Writer Richard Curtis
Comic Relief - Richard Curtis

Writer Richard Curtis was co-founder of Comic Relief with Jane Tewson and leading figures from the world of comedy. Alongside a prodigious carrier as screenwriter of worldwide hits such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Vicar of Dibley and Blackadder, he devoted tireless energy to establishing Comic Relief as a leading fundraising charity working to end poverty and social injustice.

Scientist Marie Curie
Marie Curie

Scientist Marie Curie's work on radioactivity has changed the way we understand matter and radioactivity and led to new areas of medicine including radiotherapy. Marie Curie Cancer Care was founded in 1948 to commemorate her contribution to cancer treatment and now care for seriously ill cancer patients and carries out cancer research

The Eden Project
Eden Project - Tim Smit

Tim Smit is a man who had a big idea. He wanted to tell the fascinating story of the plants on which our everyday lives depend so he gathered together a group of brilliant hard working people. They raised a stunning 86 million to build two gigantic 'biomes' in Cornwall. By its first birthday over 1 million people had been to visit the Eden Project.

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