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MP donates thousands to Comic Relief after tweet

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart has donated £14,268 to Comic Relief after thousands of people retweeted her post on social networking site Twitter.

The Labour politician told her followers on Friday that she would donate £1.00 to the Red Nose Day appeal for every retweet the post received by 9pm.

"You have to stick by your word if you take a risk like that," she told ITV London.

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Sir Bobby Robson fundraiser at The Sage

The Sage, Gateshead, tonight plays host to a star studded event; an evening celebrating the life of Sir Bobby Robson.

The event is being held on what would have been the ex-Newcastle and England manager's 80th birthday. Sir Bobby died of cancer in 2009.

Former Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler will attend tonight's event Credit: Henning Kaiser/DPA/Press Association Images

A red carpet is being rolled out to welcome special guests from the world of sport and

showbiz, including; former Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler, Joe McElderry, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and comedian Paul Whitehouse.

South Shields star Joe McElderry will perform at the event Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Sir Bobby's wife, Lady Elsie, will also attend.

Proceeds from the event - which features music and entertainment - will go to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Newcastle United's Alan Pardew is expected to attend the celebration of Sir Bobby's life Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Comedian Paul Whitehouse will be at tonight's event Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The charity was launched in 2008 to raise money for the treatment and detection of cancer and, so far, has raised more than 4 million pounds.

Profits will also go to The Alan Shearer Foundation, which helps children and adults living with a disability.

Britons cut down on charity donations by 20% last year

Public donations to charity fell by 20% in real terms last year, with good causes receiving £1.7 billion less, according to a new survey.

The survey for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) found that the number of individuals giving to charity fell in 2011/12 and amounts donated also declined, from £11 to £10 a month.

Data from 3,000 people, collected by the Office for National Statistics, suggested that:

  • Total giving to charities by members of the public in the UK fell from £11 billion to £9.3 billion in 2011/12 - the largest one-year decline in the Survey of Individual Giving's eight-year history.
  • When inflation is taken into account, the £1.7 billion reduction is the equivalent of a £2.3 billion fall in donations - more than 20% of total UK giving by individuals.
  • The survey found that 28.4 million people gave to charity during 2011/12 - more than half of all UK adults
  • But the proportion of people donating to charitable causes in a typical month fell from 58% to 55%
  • A larger proportion of women (58%) than men (52%) gave to charity


'Care homes often worst option' for spinal injury patient

All too often, people with spinal cord injury find themselves discharged to somewhere totally unsuitable and, as this study confirms, care homes are often the very worst option for someone recovering from a traumatic spinal injury.

As a country, we're still celebrating the fantastic success of GB's Paralympians this summer. How many of them would have had the opportunity to compete if they'd spent months or years confined to a room in a care home?

Thousands of people are being robbed of the basic ability to get on with their lives.

– Brian Carlin, chief executive of Aspire

Spinal cord injury patients report 'poor quality of life'

A charity has warned that one in five people who suffer a spinal cord injury will be put in a elderly care home, regardless of their age.

Some spinal cord injury patients reported poor quality of life and other physical injuries including pressure sores, infections and broken bones.

They also reported a lack of independence, damage to relationships, isolation and boredom.

Participants in the report said that care home staff were regularly not able to help them out of bed until midday, and in some cases people were left in bed all day if the home was short staffed.

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