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Mount Snowdon team raise thousands for charity

Volunteers at Mount Snowdon help raise money for charity Credit: Khalsa Aid

More than three hundred volunteers, many from the Midlands, have helped raise thousands of pounds for charity after conquering Mount Snowdon.

Volunteers from Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry, West Bromwich and Walsall were among those who took part in the fourth annual Snowdon trek challenge, raising more than 15 thousand pounds for Khalsa Aid in the process. The charity helped relief operations during the UK floods earlier this year.

A large team turnout for volunteers from Leicester Credit: Khalsa Aid
These volunteers from Handsworth in Birmingham had earlier completed the Three Peaks Challenge Credit: Khalsa Aid

Trek teams were greeted by youngsters from Handsworth in Birmingham, who had just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves walking the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

More teams from the Midlands on the Mount Snowdon trek Credit: Khalsa Aid

Bal Sandhu from Khalsa Aid said: “Every year we see hundreds of hikers complete this event, these hikers raise money in support of humanitarian work carried out by Khalsa Aid across the globe. This year over 300 people completed the hike, with the youngest hikers being just five years old".

Narinder Singh from Oadby in Leicester was one of those who took part in the trek. He said "It was an unbelievable day. We had approximately 130 people hiking from the East Midlands who safely returned with smiles on their faces. We were overwhelmed with generosity".

As well as helping the UK's flood relief efforts, Khalsa Aid have also assisted relief efforts in Albania, India, Somalia and Indonesia. Money raised from the latest Snowdon trek will also go towards helping those in need.

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Boxing legends at charity fundraiser in Wolverhampton

Competitors taking part in last year's "King of the Ring" charity event Credit: Punjabi Wolves Supporters

Boxing stars are gathering in Wolverhampton on Saturday night to raise thousands of pounds for charity. The "King of the Ring" event, organised by the Punjabi Wolves Supporters group, is now in its' second year. Around fifteen hundred people are expected to attend.

Special guests at this year's event include Irish Heavyweight boxing star Joe Egan, undefeated former World Champion Joe Calzaghe and players from Wolves FC.

The twelve competitors taking part, who have never boxed before, have been involved in an extensive training programme to help get in shape for the fundraiser.

Last year's event raised more than ten thousand pounds. Six charities will benefit from this year's event, including Promise Dreams, Compton Hospice, MS Society, British Heart Foundation, India Project and Delete Blood Cancer.

Midlands charity sends donation boxes to flood victims

Local children have been encouraged to take part in the 'Smile in a Box' campaign

A Midlands charity is packing donation boxes to send to flood victims in the south of England.

Matts Mission Children's Charity, which is based in Birmingham, has been encouraging local children to send items such as toothpaste and soap, along with a few treats such as chocolate.

The 'Smile in a Box' campaign is also collecting other essentials such as wellies, blankets, tinned food and bottled water.

Thousands raised for Typhoon Haiyan victims

Community raises thousands for Typhoon Haiyan victims Credit: West Midlands Police

Local children joined forces with the West Midlands Police Sikh Association and Khalsa Aid - a humanitarian relief charity to raise more than £3000 for victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The event included prayers and hymns as well as guest speakers and exhibitions showing the work of Khalsa Aid.

Leicester charity appeal for unwanted clothes

Volunteers in Leicester are calling on residents to donate their unwanted clothes in the run-up to Christmas, to help local charities.

Members of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance are collecting donations of new and unwanted items on Sunday, to help charities including the Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough.

It follows a big Vaisakhi food drive in April, where more than ten tonnes of food items were distributed to those in need in Leicester.

The event is being held to help mark the birthday of the first Guru of Sikhism, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee.

“The community would like to fulfil Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee’s message to selflessly serve humanity by supporting local benefactor charities Action Homeless, Rainbows Hospice and Unique Home for Girls”.

– Leicestershire Sikh Alliance spokesman

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Kingsland Road to donate all gig profits to hospital

Boyband Kingsland Road will donate all profits from tonight's gig in Liverpool to charity after a hoax eBay bidder sabotaged their charity auction, it has been announced.

The band had wanted to sell one of the audition guitars used on TV talent show X Factor to raise cash for charity.

But the bidding war was won by a scammer who placed a bid of £7,900 - despite having no intention of coughing up.

Kingsland Road have launched a JustGiving page for the cause Credit: ITV News Central

The band had been trying to help raise money towards Birmingham Children's Hospital's £4million appeal towards a new cancer care centre.

The band play Liverpool's PopWorld tonight, and have decided to personally donate their pay for the show to the cause.

They have also launched a JustGiving page so any fans who want to contribute anything more can do so.

Kingsland Road label cancer charity hoax 'cruel and sad'

Kingsland Road singer Matt Cahill has told ITV News Central of his anger after an online conman placed hoax bids in a charity auction for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The X Factor band has strong Midland ties with Matt having lived in Birmingham, while Jay is from Wolverhampton, Connor is from Rugby, and Thompson is from Coventry.

Matt Cahill, in the 'Choose Life' T-shirt, has labelled the hoaxer "cruel and sad" Credit: ITV/The X Factor

He said the band members were now trying to work out what to do to help raise money for the hospital, which would have put the money towards a £4million new cancer care centre.

Speaking to ITV News Central today, he said:

It's just disheartening that someone could be so cruel - it's for somewhere that treats young children with cancer.

We saw how high the bids had got, and then it turned out that it was one guy bidding against himself and it was all just a hoax.

For someone to do that, to spend their day like that, is so cruel and so sad. I can't really understand it.

With a few of us from the Midlands, we have always been aware of the hospital and then we visited earlier this year, and it was great.

We just wanted to do something nice - the staff were run off their feet but so lovely.

We really felt like we should do something to try to help out a bit.

Hospital bosses 'devastated' by charity auction hoax

Bosses at Birmingham Children's Hospital say they are "devastated" by news that a whopping £8,000 charity bid was nothing more than a cruel hoax.

X Factor hopefuls Kingsland Road put one of their audition guitars up for sale on eBay, attracting a winning bid of £7,900.

But the high bid has come to nothing after it emerged that the winning bidder was an online prankster.

Birmingham Children's Hospital say they are devastated by the loss of charity cash Credit: David Jones/PA

The money would have gone towards Birmingham Children's Hospital's appeal to raise £4million towards a new cancer care centre - and staff say the news has been a blow.

Vikki Savery, the hospital's public fundraising manager, said:

We’re absolutely devastated to hear about this hoax bidder and can’t believe that someone could be so cruel.

Since they visited our cancer ward, Josh, Jay, Connor, Thompson and Matt have been so determined to raise as much money as possible to enable us to have a brand new cancer centre.

We are over half way towards that goal, and the money that the lads had thought they’d raised was going to help us to get even closer to making our dreams a reality and to give our very poorly patients and their families the best possible environment, while going through such difficult times.

There is still some way to go with our appeal but every little bit helps, which is why this news has been so devastating to us.

Kingsland Road charity auction hijacked by hoaxers

An online auction by X Factor hopefuls Kingsland Road to raise cash for Birmingham Children's Hospital has been hijacked by hoaxers, it emerged today.

The band put one of their audition guitars used on the TV talent show up for grabs on eBay, and attracted a winning bid of £7,900.

Kingsland Road had been keen to raise cash for the appeal Credit: Ian West/PA

But it has now emerged that the top two bidders, who drove the price up into the thousands, were the same person - and they have no intention of shelling out the amount.

Hospital staff have said they are "devastated" by the news.

The money was earmarked to go towards the hospital's £4million new cancer centre appeal.

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