Mum's the word for £1m drive

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

A group of north-west London mums and daughters hope to make it a special Mother's Day for Cancer Research UK by raising £1 million through a social media campaign inspired by the #nomakeupselfie.

The Mothers and Daughters committee has come up with the #MyMumandMe hashtag, in partnership with the charity, and is asking people to share a photo of themselves and their mum on Sunday.

"We're a


Sent packing for children

March 12, 2015

A charity set up in memory of a Tzedek volunteer which provides arrival packs to vulnerable children who come to the UK has reached a milestone.

Tory MP Mike Freer joined groups from around London for the Separated Child Foundation's "purple packathon", at which its 5,000th arrival pack was handed out.

The charity's inspiration was Londoner Ester Gluck, who died in 2006, aged 24.

She had


Rowntree Trust ends funding to Cage after Emwazi links revealed

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has confirmed it will end its funding of a group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The trust’s decision comes after the Charity Commission monitored its payments to Cage.


Eton tutor sets sail for Shaare Zedek

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

Keeping Shabbat will be a challenge for Eton's Jewish-studies tutor when he attempts to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

Jonathan Paull will voyage from west Africa to the West Indies, to raise money for Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.

He said: "Our preparations have been on how to make the boat Shabbat-friendly and how we're going to kosher the fish we will catch for dinner."



Maude hails Camp Simcha

March 5, 2015

Cabinet Office Minister and Paymaster General Francis Maude visited the north-west London offices of Camp Simcha on Monday to learn more about its support for families with seriously ill children.

He met Camp Simcha co-founder Rachely Plancey, chairman Julian Taylor and chief executive Neville Goldschneider.


Charities wait to count cost of cuts

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Manchester charities face a nervous few weeks as they wait to see how swingeing council cuts impact on their services.

Salford City Council last week approved a cost-slashing budget, having already cut £118 million since 2010.


Mother reveals her debt to child disability charity

March 5, 2015

Shulamit Elimelech relived "every parent's worst nightmare" during an impassioned appeal to Monday's dinner of British Friends of Shalva, the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.


Israeli centres provide quality of life for severely disabled children

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends - his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother's back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone - she returned to find him submerged in water.


Shul shelter finds right recipe to help homeless

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

It was 7.30 on a Saturday night and Lorelai Burcea was stirring herbs into a large saucepan of mushroom sauce gently heating in the kitchen of the West London Synagogue.

The guests had already arrived and were chatting or reading the papers over coffee.


Richard Desmond to step down as Norwood president

By Barry Toberman, February 24, 2015

Richard Desmond is to stand down as president of Norwood at the end of March after more than eight years in the role.

The children and families charity has grown significantly during Mr Desmond’s tenure and now supports 7,000 people.

He has also been instrumental in Norwood fundraising and engaging celebrities and politicians in its work.