At the peak of his trekking, but wellie boots beckon

By Corinne Rein, December 11, 2014

Three years ago pensioner Richard Saunders climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for World Jewish Relief.

But that wasn't enough of a challenge for the 67-year-old who has recently returned from a 14-day 136 kilometre trek to Everest Base Camp and a climb to the nearby peak of Kala Pattar, raising £6,500 for the Israel Sport Centre for the Disabled.

Mr Saunders, part of a group of 10 cli


Shop pays at Wolfson

By Jay Grenby, December 11, 2014

A one-day charity shop set up and run by pupils at Wolfson-Hillel primary school raised nearly £1,000 for Jewish Blind and Disabled and the British Heart Foundation, as well as going towards a new school playground.

The idea for the shop emerged when the 60 children in year four at the Southgate school, who had been learning about charity and kindness in their topic lessons, decided they want


More testing urged to tackle breast cancer

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

A charity has called on the NHS to review its DNA screening guidelines for breast cancer risk genes after a new study suggested more than half of potential cases are being missed among Ashkenazi women.

Ashkenazi Jews are one of a number of high risk groups likely to carry a mutation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.

In the wider po


Thousands raised to help Ebola's hidden victims

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

A UK Jewish charity is working to save what it calls the hidden victims of the Ebola epidemic.

World Jewish Relief's appeal has raised £100,000 to help African children orphaned by the disease.

The money will allow the charity to supply food, bedding and clothing to 1,188 children in Sierra Leone.


René Cassin recognised for anti-racist campaign

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

London-based human rights charity René Cassin has received an award for fighting racism, particularly prejudice against the gypsy, traveller and Roma communities in the UK.

Over the past year, the charity has brought together Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Bahá'í leaders to educate and consult on how to eliminate discrimination within their communities against the traveller population.



Tee time to raise funds

November 27, 2014

Manchester Grammar School sixth-former Ben Sciama has raised £31,000 for local breast cancer charity Genesis by organising a golf day at the Dunham Forest club.

Eighty-four people competed and a further 90 attended the post-round dinner.

Ben "first heard about the Genesis charity [based at Wythenshawe Hospital] in 2013 and was encouraged by the amazing work that it does in the prediction an


Poverty charity gets politician's vote

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

Former Middle East Minister Alastair Burt has praised the work of poverty-fighting charity Meir Panim and its British branch Manna at a House of Commons reception.

"You have to reach beyond politics and I think Manna is a way of doing that," Mr Burt said.


Call for end to funding of banned charity

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

Communal organisations have called on the government to stop funding Birmingham-based charity, Islamic Relief, after it was banned as a terrorist organisation by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Islamic Relief, which signed contracts worth £12.5 million on projects funded by the UK government in the last calendar year, has already been banned from operating in the West Bank after it was accused


Green army reaches 37,000 as it marches on

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May joined thousands of volunteers who took part in a record-breaking Mitzvah Day by donating her lunch to the homeless.

Sunday's ninth Mitzvah Day saw 37,000 people donate 150,000 hours of their time to participate in 1,200 social action projects across 20 countries.


Be-spoke service at JW3

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most effective, as Jem Stein proved with his bike scheme that collects unwanted bikes to be repaired and then donated to asylum seekers.

Mr Stein, 27, launched the project in March 2013 to help refugees in the UK gain access to vital services such as education, health-care and food charities.