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Male domestic abuse charity 'may have to close helpline'

The ManKind Initiative says there's not enough support for male victims of domestic violence. Credit: ITV West Country

A Taunton-based charity that supports male victims of domestic abuse may have to close its helpline - because it doesn't have enough funding.

The ManKind Initiative says there's not enough support for male victims of domestic violence - and the stigma attached to the issue means they struggle to raise enough in donations to keep the helpline running.


Bristol charity are now crowdfunding to prevent closure

Hawkspring say demand for its services is higher than it's ever been. Credit: ITV West Country

A Bristol charity which supports people with drug and alcohol problems has begun a crowdfunding project to save itself, after losing council funding.

Hawkspring which is based in Avon says demand for its services is higher than it's ever been.

They are hoping to raise £15,000 of the £50,000 it needs online through the website

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Anti-badger-cull charity awards money to vaccinating volunteers

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project is free to farmers. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Badgers will continue to be vaccinated against TB in Dorset, after volunteers were given a grant by a wildlife charity to carry on.

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project offers a free service to farmers and landowners. Last year they vaccinated more than 80 badgers across the county. The volunteers say they would not be able to continue their work after 2015 without the money from the International Fund For Animal Welfare.

The IFAW is "strongly opposed" to the government's badger cull, and sees vaccination as a humane alternative.

The volunteers say a growing number of farmers are approaching them about their services.

Red Cross International unit to leave Bristol

The British Red Cross in Bristol is saying goodbye to the international warehouse and its staff after 12 years.

The international emergency response unit warehouse is moving to bigger premises in Northamptonshire.

The move will free up space for locally-based Red Cross services, including a larger suite of first aid training rooms.

The Red Cross’s other health and social care and emergency response services remain unaffected.

John Cunningham at the Red Cross warehouse Credit: Red Cross


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Dancer arrives in Lands End after dancing across Britain

35 year-old teacher Ben Hammond finally arrived in Lands End on Saturday 27 July after dancing from John O'Groats.

It’s just brilliant to have finally made it to Land’s End. It’s been a long road getting to this point but with the support of so many volunteers, dancers and donors it’s great that my 3 million dance steps across Britain have helped to raise the £40,000 target I set out to achieve for four important charities. Hopefully this money can go some way to help those in Burma who haven’t had the freedoms that many in the UK have, and the successful completion of the challenge can show what ordinary people can achieve when they set their mind (and feet) to it.

– Ben Hammond
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Full report: Dancing the length of Britain for charity

A teacher will finally finish dancing from John O'Groats to Land's End on Saturday.

Ben Hammond took on the rather bizarre challenge to raise awareness of human rights issues in Burma.

It's been quite an adventure for the energetic dancer, and one that very nearly cost him his life, as our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy has been finding out:

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