Cancer Research UK estimates Britons are hoarding £2.5bn of high-quality clutter that could be donated to its shops. Posters will be displayed in each of the charity's 640 outlets requesting books, CDs, DVDs, crockery, pictures and frames, shoes and bags. The charity hopes the campaign will be as successful as a similar drive for clothing last year. Richard Taylor, Cancer Research's retail director, said: "People's clutter accounts for 35 per cent of what we sell."
Help the Aged is aiming to attract new participants to its work in combating loneliness in isolated older people with the launch of Helping Unite Generations, or HUG. The charity will sell badges and bands throughout April via point-of-sale boxes, and has designated 22 April as Hug Day, which will see collectors out on the streets. The charity has also mailed supporters details of how to organise Hug quiz nights. "It's a new thing for Help the Aged," said Steve Jones, director of communications. "The whole concept is trying to attract new people to engage with the charity. This is a fun way of trying to reach these new audiences." The group's previous campaigns have centred around policy issues. The money raised will be ploughed into door-to-door transport services, amenities for community groups, the 24-hour telephone line SeniorLink and SeniorLine, a free welfare rights service.
Marie Curie Cancer Care has been named Lloyds TSB's Charity of the Year after receiving 55 per cent of the staff vote against the bank's current partners the NSPCC and the Alzheimer's Society. The deal could be worth up to £1m. The total raised for the NSPCC should reach that milestone by the time its partnership ends. The new campaign will launch internally in January and externally later in the year. Lloyds TSB's 'charity champions' will work with Marie Curie's community and central fundraising teams to organise events such as cake sales and dress-up days. Limited-edition Care Bear pins will also be on sale at Lloyds TSB branches during April and May for a suggested donation of £1.
Guide Dogs for the Blind is launching a weekly lottery offering entrants the chance to win up to £20,000. The charity is charging £1 per ticket and 100 entrants a week will be randomly selected to win cash prizes of between £10 and £1,500. Guide Dogs will also be running a £20,000 "Superdraw" every three months to spark interest in the initiative. The charity hopes to raise more than £250,000 from the lottery in 2005.