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Digital fundraising service Pennies has announced it has raised £1m through small donations for the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity. Pennies refers to itself as a digital charity box and allows customers to top up or round up card purchases to donate to charity. The money has been raised over the last seven years through donations from customers at The Entertainer, online at Hawkin’s Bazaar and at ASK Italian restaurant across the UK. “We’re delighted that Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity are one of the first charities to receive £1million through the Pennies, the digital charity box,” said Pennies Chief Executive OfficerRead More →

A charity has launched a cookery video series on Youtube to encourage people with disabilities to eat healthy food. The CookABILITY series has been made by the charity United Response to help improve the diet of those with learning disabilities, autism and Down’s syndrome. It comes after research found that 80% of adults with learning disabilities are failing to meet official minimum recommended levels of physical activity. The YouTube cookery videos feature easy to understand recipes for making healthy food,  including spaghetti Bolognese and chilli con carne, and have been made with the help of people with learning disabilities. Obesity is a ticking time-bomb “ObesityRead More →

A cancer charity has been handed its own emoji by Twitter to help promote its annual music event at the Royal Albert Hall. The ‘guitar man’ emoji has been created for the Teenage Cancer Trust for its week long residency of fundraising concerts at the legendary London venue in March this year. Whenever the hashtag #TeenageCancerGigs is used the emoji appears. The guitar man image was created for the charity in 2012 by Jamie Hewlett, comic book artist and co-creator of the band Gorilaz. Bands playing at this year’s gigs include Take That, Rudimental, The Script and Levellers. “We’re delighted to have worked with TeenageRead More →

Digital money transfer service Azimo has raised £98,900 to support a children’s charity set up by former Nigerian international footballer Kanu Nwankwo. The £98,900 has been raised after Azimo made a donation to the Kanu Heart Foundation every time a digital money transfer was made to Nigeria. The charity helps children with serious cardiac diseases to obtain medical treatment within and outside Nigeria. Since its launch 18 years ago the charity has funded open heart surgeries for more than 500 children across the world. Distinguished footballing career The charity was set up after Kanu Nwankwo suffered heart problems during his footballing career, which included playingRead More →

Barnardo’s has launched a campaign urging people to donate unwanted Christmas presents to the charity’s nearest shop. The ‘gift amnesty’ involves the children’s charity promoting its online ‘find your local shop’ tool for those looking to donate clothes that don’t fit, or multiple copies of the same DVD or book, which may have been bought as presents. Barnardo’s runs more than 710 charity shops across the UK as well as an online retail website. “It can be difficult to buy the perfect present for a family member or friend,” said Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan. “So, if you unwrap something that doesn’t quite fit orRead More →

Three UK charities are to receive £2.2m in European Union funding to help keep children and young people safe online. The funding has been made through the EU Connecting Europe Facility Fund to the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), a partnership of three charities dedicated to online child protection: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and Childnet. The money will fund their work to keep children and young people safe online from January 2019 to December 2020. Long term future still in doubt While welcoming the award IWF Chief Executive and UKSIC Director Susie Hargreaves warns that there is no guaranteeRead More →