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Video of thieves stealing Christmas lights from children's hospice

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after Christmas lights were stolen from a Poole children’s hospice.

At 8.55pm on Tuesday 9 December 2014, thieves stole Christmas lights from the front garden of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Springdale Road in the Broadstone area of the town.

Police Constable Garry Weston said: “We know that a small light-coloured car or delivery van pulled up outside the hospice and a man got out of the passenger seat and walked toward the grounds of Julia’s House.

"The van left the scene and the offender was seen to walk into the grounds of Julia’s house before leaving carrying the lights.

“This was a despicable crime on a hospice which offers day and respite care for children with life limiting illnesses.

“I urge anyone who saw the incident or has any information about those responsible to contact Dorset Police in confidence.”

Christmas lights stolen from children's charity

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after Christmas lights were stolen from a Poole children’s charity.

At 8.55pm on Tuesday 9 December 2014, thieves stole Christmas lights from the front garden of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Springdale Road in the Broadstone area of the town.

Police Constable Garry Weston, of Ferndown police, said: “We know that a small light-coloured car or delivery van pulled up outside the hospice and a man got out of the passenger seat and walked toward the grounds of Julia’s House."

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Local community 'rows to Monte Carlo' to raise money for charity

Sports Minister Helen Grant joins the crew Credit: Dandelion Time

A local community in Marden has banded together in a 'Herculean effort' to raise money for charity. 500 people rowed for 3 days and two nights, covering a thousand miles - the distance from Marden to Monte Carlo. At busy times 5 rowing machines were going at full pelt. Anyone could participate and families, teams and individuals all from the local community joined in . Many of them had never rowed before but they took to the the challenge. Sports Minster Helen Grant even did her bit.

So far, the event has raised £13,000 for Dandelion Time, a charity which helps traumatised children and their families.

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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 www.wildwoodtrust.org/donate.html

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.”

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Kent coast kayak challenge

A group of workmates from Folkestone have set themselves an incredible challenge - a 100 kilometre walk; a 10k run and a row all the way round the Kent coast. They aim to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

David Johns joined them as they prepare for their epic journey. He spoke to fundraisers Luke Quilter and Anna Smirnova.

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.

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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.

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