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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 fundsurfer.com.

For more information on the charity head to http://www.hawkspring.org.uk/.

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.

Dorchester schoolboy to feature in charity's Big First Aid Lesson

Sean Irwin, his mum and grandmother Credit: St John Ambulance

An eight-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from Dorchester is taking a lead role in the charity’s Big First Aid Lesson later.

The story of how Sean Irwin looked after his mum, Caroline (29) when she fell six feet and knocked herself out cold is being featured in the live webcast.

Sean, who has been a St John Ambulance Badger in Dorchester for three years, feared his mum may have suffered a serious head, neck or spinal injury in the fall, so he checked her breathing and pulse, rather than putting her into the recovery position.

Caroline regained consciousness and was taken to hospital by her mum.

Almost 200,000 children in over 1,000 schools will watch the lesson during the webcast. For more information: www.sja.org.uk/bigfirstaidlesson

Cornish charity to help relief effort in Nepal

Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal Credit: Nabin Subedi

The Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal to help set up shelters for those made homeless by the earthquake.

The charity says it already has a number of its boxes, stocked with emergency aid, in the country and will send out more if they are needed.

One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure

– Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator
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