Exits and Entrances: Continental dogs have their day and Gordon Ramsay shows his charitable side

Plus: Fire goes out for coal charity, and young farmers' clubs and Mary Poppins Foundation leave the register

French Bulldog Rescue GB is a new addition to the Charity Commission's register
French Bulldog Rescue GB is a new addition to the Charity Commission's register

It's been a good month for new charities involving continental dog breeds or literary greats. Last month the Charity Commission registered both the Orwell Society and the TS Eliot Foundation, as well as French Bulldog Rescue GB and Galgos Del Sol UK. The Galgo Espanol is a breed of dog known in English as the Spanish Greyhound; the Spanish-based rescue charity was previously registered only in its homeland.

New to the register is the potty-mouthed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay - whose demeanour on TV has been described as many things, but rarely charitable. He is one of five trustees of the newly registered Gordon Ramsay Foundation.

Meanwhile, the fire has gone out for the long-standing British Coal Utilisation Research Association, which has been removed from the commission's register just shy of its 41st birthday. Also coming a cropper are a total of 22 Young Farmers Club charities from across the land that have been removed in the past two months. And opening its umbrella and flying off is the sick children's charity the Mary Poppins Foundation.

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