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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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Maidstone soldiers take on police in rowing challenge

In a battle of soldiers versus police, who do you think might win? That's exactly what a challenge in Maidstone this week tried to find out - and raise plenty of money for charity at the same time.

David Johns explains, talking to Maj Devkumar Gurung of the Queen's Gurkha Engineers; Lt Col Richard Walker of 36 Engineers; PC Paul Hughes; and Ch Insp Mick Gardner of Kent Police.

For the Gurkha Welfare Trust, see For More Than Words, see

Thief walks off with charity money

Police are searching for a man who stole a large bottle containing money destined for charity.

The man entered the RAM sports and social club in West Green, Crawley, where he took a four-litre bottle of charity money which was on the reception counter. It contained about £500. He hid it under his t-shirt and left

He has a distinctive patterned tattoo on his right forearm.

Charity money stolen Credit: Sussex Police

This was a nasty and heartless theft and we are sure someone will recognise the man

– PC Tamsin McNab

Dream trip on Belmond British Pullman - all in the name of charity

Sick babies, abandoned dogs or the elderly? If you give money to charity, how do you decide which one gets to benefit from your hard earned cash? More and more charitable organisations are depending on our generosity to keep them going. But persuading us to donate is getting tougher. Now they're having to come up with even more novel ideas and schemes to attract our attention. This weekend, one Kent charity even hired a very famous train to raise money. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Anne-Marie Kelly from the Heart of Kent Hospice, Jan Perfect from Community Action South East and Graham Carpenter, Chief Executive of Dandelion Time.


Charity warns on forcing supermarkets to donate food

Volunteers are among the workers who distribute food to the needy

A charity in Southampton is doing its bit to feed the hungry and avoid food waste. Supermarkets donate surplus food to organisations such as Fareshare and Scratch, which then distribute the produce to those who need to be fed.

The issue is much on the agenda after the French government passed a law last week, forcing the supermarkets in France to give any extra food they had to charity.

FareShare say their work tackles the imbalance between food waste and poverty with the co-operation of their donors, but they say the French-style legislation could be counter-productive if a similar law were to be passed here in the UK. Andrew Pate has our report.

It's all downhill in Sutton Valence for the annual pram race

That baby looks rather large Credit: ITV Meridian

The annual pram race took place in the historic village of Sutton Valence in Kent on New Year's Day. Each team had to complete 2 laps of the loop road in the village, with a hair raising ride down a steep hill. During the race they also had to down pints of ale at each of the 3 pubs. The event's held every year to raise money for charity. Here's a snapshot of the day.

No need for a toilet stop then
Thank goodness we didn't wear heels
Tired but happy go-kart jockeys
Aladdin and his team take the trophy

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.”

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