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Appeal to help Bulgarian bears

They've been trapped in delapidated pits in the ground since they were born but your help could rescue two bears from a hellish existence in Bulgaria.

The animals are being fed by volunteers but time is running out. Now a wildlife centre in East Kent is trying to save them.

David Johns reports, speaking to bear expert Victor Watkins and conservationist Peter Smith.

To donate to the appeal, please visit

Mobility scooter stolen from charity volunteer worker

A charity volunteer on the Isle of Wight has had his mobility scooter stolen, prompting police to investigate.

The victim, who is in his 40s, travels to the British Heart Foundation store in Newport where he volunteers on his scooter, and parks it outside the building on Taylor Road.

The scooter was last seen on Thursday26th June at 11am. By 12pm the same day, it was gone.

The scooter is electric blue in colour with black seat cover, battery cover and foot rug.

Investigating officer PC Matt Wilford said, "Both the victim and his wife use the scooter, and have had to obtain alternative help just to get around as a result of this theft.”


The 2014 London to Brighton Bike Ride is underway

Cyclists prepare for the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2014 Credit: British Heart Foundation

More than 28,000 cyclists have saddled up to take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in the event's 39th year. The charity ride is organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Head of Events at the BHF, Tristram Jones said:

“The London to Brighton Bike Ride is the flagship fundraising event for the BHF. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the cyclists and their sponsors for their support.

"Every penny you raise helps us fund pioneering research that supports heart patients and their families in their fight for every heartbeat.

“We would also like to thank everyone who came to help at both the start in Clapham and the finish in Brighton. Our cyclists rely on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the Bike Ride possible.”

Scooterists prepare for challenge

For most people, a journey from London to Dover and back is a simple matter of getting in the car or on a train - and a couple of hours later, the journey's over. But this weekend seven lads from Kent are doing that trip, both ways - on scooters.

David Johns went to see them preparing for their epic journey and spoke to Nick Hardinges and Luka Syplywczak.

Woman's 'selfie' after attack raises money for charity

Video. It's a craze that has helped raise millions of pounds for Cancer Research UK, the 'no make-up selfie' where women post bare faced pictures of themselves online and make a donation.

Now Jeanne Marie Ryan, who says she was attacked in a nightclub, has published a shocking photo of her battered face to raise money for victims of sexual abuse and violence.

Kerry Swain went to meet her and also spoke to Natalie Brook from the Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre.


Foster homes needed for lovely goats

It's the only registered UK charity that takes in abandoned and mistreated goats but Buttercups in Maidstone is at crisis point. So many goats have been taken in that they're full to bursting and desparately in need of people to foster the animals.

David Johns reports, speaking to sanctuary founder Bob Hitch, and volunteer helper Georgina Clements.

Police release pictures after theft of charity box

Do you know this man? Credit: Surrey Police

Police in Surrey would like help to identify a man caught on CCTV who they believe may be able to assist their investigation into a theft at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey. A charity box safe was stolen from the hospital chapel.

Police would like to talk to this man Credit: Surrey Police

Several enquiries have been made by officers who now believe the man shown in the CCTV images may be able to help with the investigation. The box was forcibly removed from the chapel wall, which will be costly to repair.

Kent pair help Sussex charity - in The Gambia

Two women from Kent have just returned from a trip to one of the smallest countries in Africa. They went to The Gambia for a small charity in Sussex which is helping to educate and get healthcare to children.

David Johns reports, speaking to volunteer Jane Barlow and nurse Charlotte Barnett.

There's more information about the charity, BACE, at or on Jane's blog at can also donate by texting BACE13 followed by your amount (eg £5, £10) to 70070.

Mystery donor gives 100 wedding dresses to charity

Video. If you are a bride-to-be on a budget, and looking for that all important dress, then a charity shop in Dorset may have exactly what you are looking for. Thanks to a mystery donor, there are 100 brand new wedding dresses on sale, worth a whopping £60,000.

But wannabe brides have been snapping them up at a fraction of the price. Kerry Swain reports.

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