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The charity helping Manchester's young homeless get their lives back on track by running

Homeless young people in the North West are being helped to get their lives back on track through running.

The Running Charity has set up in Manchester after having success in London.

Coach George Bate is aiming to get as many athletes as possible across the line in next year's Manchester marathon.

He's also wanting to recruit more volunteer coaches to take part with training sessions.

You can find out more about the charity by going to


Video report: Children go to school in pyjamas for charity

It was a special day for pupils at schools and nurseries in Bolton as they wore pyjamas all day.

The children in Little Lever were taking part in a special event called Goodnight to Brain Tumours.

It was in memory of six year old Jessica Green, who had a brain tumour and died a year ago. This from our correspondent Victoria Grimes:

For more information on the charity visit: Jessica's Fund


Red Devils tackle unemployment

Club captain Adrian Morley showing his support for the Foundation’s work Credit: Salford Red Devils Rugby Club

A project run by the charitable arm of Salford Red Devils rugby club has received £352,000 to tackle youth unemployment.

Salford Red Devils Foundation will use the money to expand its Big Hits initiative in Salford and neighbouring Trafford.

It will offer young people aged 14 to 21 the chance to access courses such as first aid and sports coaching. Participants will then use their skills to deliver sports sessions, including touch rugby, for schools and community groups.

As part of the project, tutorials will also be given in financial mismanagement and gambling addiction, along with career advice.

Salford Red Devils Foundation was one of eight groups across the North West to share #2.7 million via the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

The main goal is sustainability and by the end of the three years the vast majority of the young people will have progressed on to jobs or education through our networks with hundreds of local residents playing and volunteering at new and existing community sports clubs.

– Mark Brocklehurst, Foundation manager

Two local animal charities chosen for crash grant

Two animal charities in the North West have been selected to receive a £50,000 donation each from the Support Adoption For Pets charity fund.

The grant-giving charity based in Handforth selected two local organisations to benefit from the money as a way of celebrating the £10m raised since 2006. They are:

  • Carla Lane Animals in Need in Liverpool
  • Warrington Animal Welfare
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