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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 www.gwt.org.uk For More Than Words, see www.morethanwordscharity.com

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

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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

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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."

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

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