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Teen who raised £250k for charity to receive royal gong

Teenager has raised thousands of pounds for charity

A young fundraiser who raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for charity will be presented with his British Empire Medal today.

Thirteen-year-old Jonjo Heuerman from Dartford was included in this year's New Year's Honours. He raised money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The teenager will be presented with his medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent at a garden party at Penhurst Place.

Remembering Camera Obscura's Carey - friends to hold 'CareyFest' to raise money for Sarcoma charity

Friends to hold event to raise money for a cancer charity in Carey Lander's memory

The friends of a musician from Kent who died from a rare form of bone cancer are holding a fundraising event in her name.

Carey Lander from Woodnesborough near Sandwich was a keyboard player in the Scottish band Camera Obscura.

She started a charity fundraising page before she passed away at the age of 33 last October. The online appeal has since raised more than £100,000 for the cancer charity Sarcoma UK.

Now some of her friends are to hold 'CareyFest' at her old school in Maidstone in May to celebrate her life. Derek Johnson reports.

Carey's mother said the continued fundraising and support was heartwarming

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Hampshire schoolboy helps fundraise for people made homeless by the war in Syria

Schoolboy Muhammed, 10, helps raise money for people affected by the war in Syria

The Syrian community in Southampton has pledged to raise five thousand pounds to help refugees made homeless by war.

Many of the families who gathered for a charity event today have been in the area for decades, some have just arrived from Syria. All say they're deeply concerned about the conflict in the country they once called home.

In his report, Richard Jones spoke to Dr Redwan El-Khayat from the Syria Relief Charity UK; and 10-year-old fundraiser Muhammed Alzetani.

Firefighters in 7,000 metre pole challenge for charity

Firefighters ahead of their pole challenge Credit: Tom Savvides

A group of firefighters from Brighton & Hove are attempting to break the world record for pole dropping.

Green Watch from Hove Community Fire station are also raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity, as well as the Rocking Horse appeal.

The team are planning to climb and slide nearly 7,000 metres up and down a fire station pole that has been put in place at Brighton's Churchill Square between 9am and 5pm today. They want to grab back the record which they set in 2009.

The challenge for the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service firefighters marks one of the last time the 13 members of Green Watch will be together. Next month one of the fire engines will be taken away from the Hove fire station and the team will be cut down to seven members.

"We have a change of establishment on station, as you know, at the end of March and we want to go out in style getting back our world record before we go our separate ways upholding our continued good work we undertake for charity.

"We have match funding in place, which enables individuals' donations to charities to be doubled, so would like to raise an enormous amount of money for the two fantastic charities.

"We want the public to turn out in their thousands to support us, cheer us on and donate whatever they can, as it is gonna be a great family day.

"Whilst it is important to keep fit for our jobs, we have definitely upped our training for the big event. Each day on duty we spend an hour coming down our fire pole on station and running back up the stairs."

– Darren Eaton, Firefighter

Help for homeless rough sleepers

Public services to help rough sleepers are open at this time of year

A number of organisations in Oxfordshire are open and ready to help rough sleepers over the holiday season.

Oxford City Council can help people who fall into homelessness over Christmas time. The local authority has emergency officers on duty on bank holidays and weekends, and services will be open during normal business hours over the coming week.

Day centres like Steppin’ Stone in East Oxford and Gatehouse in central Oxford are providing food and Christmas presents. Hostels and other supported accommodation will also be open.

“Oxford City Council is absolutely committed to doing all it can to prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. We will continue to fund and support the services that help people in this situation, over the festive season and in the years to come."

– Councillor Mike Rowley, Board member for Housing and Property Services,

The Oxford Street Population Outreach Team (SPOT) can refer rough sleepers to the day service at O'Hanlon House which will be open every day, providing lunch and other activities. The SPOT team works early in the mornings and late at night, to help people who find themselves on the street and need accommodation.

If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact SPOT to let them know by telephoning 01865 304 611, or send an email to the team on outreach.oxford@mungosbroadway.org.uk

Wherever you are in the UK you can contact the 24-hour Streetlink service on 0300 500 0914 or use their app at http://www.streetlink.org.uk/

Streetlink is part funded by the government and public donations. It is a way for the public to alert local authorities in England about people sleeping rough in their area.

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Thieves steal charity collection tins at Christmas lights display

The residents at Runton Road in Poole stage an annual lights display Credit: Runton Road Christmas Lights Community

A fundraising page has been set up after thieves stole two collection tins from a Christmas lights display held in aid of a hospice in Dorset.

The residents of Runton Road in Poole stage an annual lights display which attracts thousands of people and last year it raised £8,500 for a number of good causes.

But on Friday organisers found that two collection tins, estimated to contain about £300, had been stolen from outside their homes where they had been tied to posts.

The money was set to be donated to the Forest Holme Hospice in Poole at the request of seven-year-old Mason White, who has the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Annika Frend has set up a justgiving page in a bid to replace the lost money.

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Annika Frend has set up a fundraising page to replace the lost money Credit: JustGiving

A different outfit every day - from charity shops!

How often do you wear the same outfit? Once a month, or once a week maybe?

Spare a thought for Caroline Jones who set herself the challenge of wearing different outfits every day for a year - and every single one from charity shops.

She did it to raise money for Cancer Research UK, after her mum died from the disease last year. And she's reached her fundraising target early, as Olivia Kinsley found out.

Pack of snowdogs to descend on city streets

Snowdog sculpture Credit: Snowdogs by the Sea

A huge charity artwork project has been announced for Brighton and Hove next year.

'Snowdogs by the Sea' will bring a trail of 50 sculptures around the city, all individually designed by local celebrities and businesses. Fatboy Slim - DJ Norman Cook - is the first celebrity to back the scheme.

The sculptures, inspired by the Raymond Briggs book, will eventually be sold at auction to raise money for the Martlets Hospice in Hove.

Thousands of volunteers row from 'Marden to Madagascar' for charity

Firefighters joined in the fun in full kit and breathing apparatus Credit: Dandelion Time

Volunteers have rowed more than 5000 miles in Kent, without actually going anywhere. They were taking part in the county's biggest indoor rowing event, travelling the equivalent distance from Marden to Madagascar.

Thousands of people took part in the 5,600 mile journey, to raise money for the charity Dandelion Time. So far the event has raised £ 13,000 with further sponsorship still to come in.

A team from Marden Fire Service arrived in their Fire Engine and rowed in full kit and breathing apparatus. Their first visit was interrupted by call outs, but on their third visit they managed to row for over 1 hour

The youngest rower was 5 year old Thomas Pike Credit: Dandelion Time
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