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Foundation for stabbed student Molly McLaren reaches milestone

Friends of Molly McLaren, the University of Kent student, who was stabbed to death at a Medway shopping centre have set up a fund-raising foundation in her memory.

The Molly McLaren Foundation has reached a milestone raising more than 20-thousand pounds and is preparing to hold its first events.

The money will be shared by charities for people with eating disorders - a condition Molly battled with and talked about publicly - to help other sufferers.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Molly's friend Amy Lee who set up the fund raising group; and Molly's friend and fellow student Jennifer Hamer who has been organising one of the Foundation's first events.

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Stormtrooper raises more than £10,000 for sick children

Jez Allinson holds the world record for 'fastest marathon dressed as a Star Wars character' Credit: Jez Allinson

May the fourth is known as Star Wars Day.

A 42-year-old Oxfordshire man is using the opportunity to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation children's charity.

Jez Allinson, from Benson, donned a stormtrooper costume to run 40 miles to Pinewood Studio - where some of the movies were filmed.

Mr Allinson already holds a Guinness world record for the 'fastest marathon dressed as a Star Wars character'. He told Guinness bosses he used the London Marathon as a ‘warm up’ for today's charity run.

He has already beaten his £10,000 fundraising target, with the figure now at more than £11,700.

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REPORT: Cyclists raise thousands with 50 mile 'Sussex Biosphere' run

Almost 150 cyclists set off on an epic 50 mile ride around Sussex this morning to raise money for 27 charities chosen by Brighton's Mayor.

It's the first event of its kind as Andy Dickenson explains. He speaks to the Mayor, Cllr Pete West, as well as organiser Brenda Pollack.

Berkshire charity's plea for help to move to bigger site

A charity in Newbury which created a soft play area for children with disabilities says it desperately needs a bigger, purpose built area.

Swings and Smiles is used by more than 300 local families. It was designed to be less daunting for children with special needs.

But it has outgrown its old home and the charity needs thousands to relocate to a new site.

Mel Bloor reports.

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