Entertainment: Amanda Holden, Davina McCall, Laura Whitmore lead stars supporting charity event

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Amanda Holden volunteered at the BGC annual charity day in London (Picture: PA) © Provided by Metro Amanda Holden volunteered at the BGC annual charity day in London (Picture: PA)

Amanda Holden, Rio Ferdinand, Laura Whitmore and Davina McCall were among the celebrities who helped out at a charity day to honour victims who were killed in the 9/11 attacks.

On Wednesday, several celebrities volunteered their time to take calls for BGC Partners to raise millions of pounds for different charities, all in memory of the 658 BGC employees and 61 Eurobroker employees who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda was seen cradling a puppy called Pudding at the headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf, as she took calls to raise money for a charity she represents, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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The 51-year-old radio presenter said the day involves a lot of ‘banter’ and ‘laughs’, but also raises money for important causes.

Amanda said: ‘Today is a fun day… I love it because there is a lot of banter and that’s very me. I just bumped into my lovely Davina McCall so that’s made my day.’

Before, she spoke about her relationship with the animal shelter and added: ‘I have been an ambassador for 10 years, probably more, and I think in this climate, anyway we can raise a few extra pennies is going to be a good thing.’

Amanda looked fabulous in an all-pink ensemble as she helped out BGC employees (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro Amanda looked fabulous in an all-pink ensemble as she helped out BGC employees (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) Amanda and her furry sidekick, Pudding, answered calls to raise money in memory of September 11 victims (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro Amanda and her furry sidekick, Pudding, answered calls to raise money in memory of September 11 victims (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) Davina and Amanda beamed as they posed for photos with dogs from the shelter for cameras (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro Davina and Amanda beamed as they posed for photos with dogs from the shelter for cameras (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) Davina broke into laughter as Amanda said the duo have great ‘banter’ at events like this (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro Davina broke into laughter as Amanda said the duo have great ‘banter’ at events like this (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) Davina focused in on the caller as she helped out at the charity day (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro Davina focused in on the caller as she helped out at the charity day (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners)

Amanda was joined by a host of famous faces at the charity day including Davina, footballer Rio and Love Island presenter Laura.

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The former England player was there to support Wellbeing Of Women and emphasised how important helping others is, especially in the cost of living crisis.

He said: ‘The economic crisis at the moment, people are struggling, even just to get food on the table, heating, we’re coming into the winter months as well.

‘So anything you can do for charity is going to help people being very much squeezed at the moment. I think it’s definitely worthwhile.’

Rio Ferdinand took calls with other employees to try and raise money for his chosen charity, Wellbeing of Women (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro Rio Ferdinand took calls with other employees to try and raise money for his chosen charity, Wellbeing of Women (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) (L to R) Sadie Frost, Rio Ferdinand and Laura Whitmore also lent their time to help raise money for good causes (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro (L to R) Sadie Frost, Rio Ferdinand and Laura Whitmore also lent their time to help raise money for good causes (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) The presenter sported a striking green suit and a ‘Choose Love’ tee for the event (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro The presenter sported a striking green suit and a ‘Choose Love’ tee for the event (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) The presenter got to work answering calls for BGC Partners (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro The presenter got to work answering calls for BGC Partners (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) Ben Shephard had ‘no idea’ what he was doing but was on hand to take calls and help out (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners) © Provided by Metro Ben Shephard had ‘no idea’ what he was doing but was on hand to take calls and help out (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners)

Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard was also on hand to support Haven House, a charity that provides hospice care to children with life-threatening illnesses.

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He said about the day: ‘There is such a fabulous atmosphere, it feels fertile, it feels like there is exciting things going on and there’s loads of trades happening and the more trades that happen the more money the charities are going to get.’

Despite tackling live TV several days a week, Ben said he was ‘really worried’ as he had no idea what he should be doing on the phone.

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‘I’m just really worried about cocking it up because I have got absolutely no idea what I’m doing,’ he added.

‘I just think I’m going to get the words wrong, I’m great with an autocue, I’m useless if I’ve got to try and make it up off the top of my head.’

Since its launch in 2004, BGC and its celebrity ambassadors have raised around 192 million dollars (£176 million) for global charitable causes.

All profits from trades are donated to good causes including the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of other charities around the world.

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