Focus: Fundraising - What's new - Your weekly round-up of the latest fundraising campaigns

The Woodland Trust is to benefit from sales of collectable soft toys. The Country Companions series went on sale last week and will be available until September in selected branches of Barclays for a donation of £2. The limited-edition range, which has been created for the trust by Hallmark, includes Ed Hedgehog and Tom Mouse. The toys are part of a wider partnership between the bank and the trust because Barclays staff will also be helping to raise money by collecting old mobile phones for recycling. The trust will use proceeds from both schemes to plant native trees throughout the UK.

St Luke's Hospice, Plymouth, is to benefit from the fundraising efforts of four supporters during the first Student Gumball Rally in September.

The new event, a 1,500-mile car dash on public roads across Europe, will see 150 teams drive from Dover to Croatia in six days to raise funds for their chosen charities. A team of four University of Plymouth graduates, led by hospice supporter Rob Blackler, hopes to raise £1,000. The team has secured additional sponsorship from Kellogg's, which has agreed to double every donation up to the team's target. The Student Gumball Rally is based on Gumball 3,000, an annual car rally that takes place each May.

Refuge has launched a cryptic campaign to raise funds and make the subject of domestic violence a 'water-cooler' topic. The campaign, created by Craik Jones Watson Mitchell Voelkel, includes two 'ambient executions', where the message appears in unexpected places. The first, called 'slap', appears to be a free sample of make-up, but on closer inspection the packaging mentions violence in the home and features slogans such as "recommended for keeping up appearances". It also requests a donation. The second execution uses stickers on fruit that read "bruising also happens on the inside".

The fruit is to be distributed around offices, where finance directors will receive an information pack and an invitation to support the charity through corporate donations.

Victim Support has been chosen as the charity partner of a company that delivers contracts on behalf of government agencies and police authorities.

Staff at Reliance Secure Task Management aim to raise £25,000 for the charity's helpline service by April 2007 through fundraising events such as music nights and auctions. Last year the helpline answered 12,000 calls, but was unable to answer a further 36,000 because of a lack of resources.

The helpline offers free and confidential information and support for the victims of crime regardless of whether the crime has been reported.

Centrepoint's Derwentside service in County Durham will receive funds raised by three young service users taking part in the Bupa Great North Run in October. Among the three will be Carl McGee, Centrepoint's first blind service user, who will be joined by his support and development worker Bob Nixon. Also running will be service users Claire Barrett and James Mackay.

helen.barrett@haynet.com

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