Charity

Care chiefs press Cameron over welfare reform delays

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Fundamental reforms to address a crisis in the care of the elderly have been delayed again, despite pleas from charity chiefs.

The Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson chief executives, Simon Morris and Leon Smith, were among the 78 signatories of a letter to David Cameron this week, calling on him to urgently address "the devastating impact of years of failure to reform".

The letter contin

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Charities losing out on Gift Aid

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Many communal charities are missing out on thousands of pounds a year because of a failure to claim Gift Aid on donations.

The lost income was revealed in a survey conducted by the Achisomoch Aid Company, which runs one of the largest charity voucher schemes within the Jewish community.

AAC trustee Michael Hackenbroch said: "It shows that not enough people are aware of the benefits of donati

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Southend seeking a buyer to save home

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Families of residents at the Southend home Jewish Care plans to close are pinning their hopes on finding a buyer.

Fifty relatives and community members attended a meeting last week with senior Jewish Care staff to discuss the future of Raymond House.

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation vice-president Stephen Salt said afterwards that he was working with president Alan Gershlick to att

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Claire Lomas finishes marathon thanks to Israeli invention

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

A paralysed woman has crossed the finish line of the London marathon after walking for 16 days with the help of an Israeli invention.

Claire Lomas, a former semi-professional British horse-rider, was told she would never walk again after an accident in May 2007.

But five years on she has proved her doubters wrong and raised more than £83,000 for spinal research.

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Mitzvah Day volunteers set sandwich-making world record

By Sandy Rashty, May 4, 2012

A Guinness World Record was set by the Jewish community in New York last Sunday, after volunteers made 1,660 sandwiches in one hour as part of a Mitzvah Day challenge.

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A fundraiser in four million

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

The stars came out for a Cancer Research UK lunch at Fortnum and Mason on Monday organised by an Edgware woman who has helped to raise £4 million over 50 years.

Barbara Freedman, 72 - a Cancer Research UK honorary fellow and ambassador - said she wanted "to do this last one" to mark the anniversary.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford were among the speakers at the lu

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Charity funding is becoming an uphill struggle

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

Jewish charity leaders will be keeping a close eye on Chancellor George Osborne. Even before a growing political backlash forced the government to reconsider its controversial proposal to cut tax relief for big donors, the Jewish Leadership Council had sounded the alarm.

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Amnesty chief stands by its work on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

The director of Amnesty International UK has staunchly defended the charity's approach to Israel and the Palestinians amid claims that it repeatedly displays anti-Israel bias.

Kate Allen said she was "very proud" of Amnesty's work, which has drawn widespread criticism from groups supporting Israel.

She denied that reports produced by Amnesty, and events it had hosted about the conflict, had

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JAMI and Jewish Care to merge

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2012

The Jewish Association for Mentally Illness (Jami) is to merge with British Jewry's largest welfare organisation Jewish Care to create a single mental health service for the community in September.

The two organisations believe the tie-up will produce a better service across a wider area and cut overheads, but there is no intention to make redundancies.

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There are no words for it: a Scrabble champ passes out

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

A Jewish Scrabble champion keeled over in the middle of an attempt to break a world record, and was hospitalised for dehydration.

Wearing his red velvet kippah and with a lunch box packed with matzah, Raymond Tate, 55, was well on his way to beat the world record for the highest score in one day last weekend, raising money for his Rotary Club's charity campaign.

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