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Pampering Camp Simcha mums

May 31, 2012

Recognising that mothers of seriously ill children have little time for pampering, Camp Simcha held its inaugural spa day.

Thirty mums attended the event, hosted by a Camp Simcha supporter, enjoying a range of free treatments from 14 therapists, as well as yoga and water aerobics. The charity also took care of the childcare arrangements.

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Dame Gail Ronson to head charity for the blind

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Dame Gail Ronson has been appointed president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

She takes over at the eye health and sight loss charity from the Duke of Westminster.

Dame Gail, a leading charity fundraiser and campaigner, said the appointment was a “huge honour” and a “substantial responsibility”.

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Gap years in Israel...and Africa?

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2012

New Tzedek chief executive Jude Williams wants young Jews on gap years to gain a more rounded experience by visiting both Israel and a developing country.

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Southend's Raymond House closure put on hold

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2012

Supporters of the closure-threatened Jewish Care home in Southend have persuaded the charity to delay its plans in the hope of finding a buyer.

A working group of three representatives apiece of Jewish Care and the Southend community will explore the viability of keeping Raymond House open if sufficient investment can be generated.

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It's a twin-win situation for visiting Ghanaians

May 10, 2012

An educational twinning scheme run by international aid charity Tzedek brought three Ghanaian teachers to London to talk about their experiences and to lead lessons at Jewish schools.

Tzedek's Learning Together scheme has provided an interactive forum for pupils in the UK and Ghana to develop an understanding of the world and their role within it.

The programme lasts an academic year and les

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Charity founder aims to make audible difference

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

A hearing aid charity founded by a Golders Green audiologist has started out by giving life-changing assistance to a Georgian refugee in London.

Nathan Gluck set up Shema Hearing Support last month to help those in financial difficulty.

Early beneficiaries include Sam, a father in his 40s who could no longer talk on the phone and Lada, whose poor hearing had hindered her job search.

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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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