Scottish pupils to learn about philanthropy
Schoolchildren in Scotland are being offered the chance to learn about charity in a scheme being launched by philanthropist Sir Ian Wood and his charitable trust. Wood said the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, which will involve more than 9,000 pupils in 50 schools by its third year, had been designed to "create a new generation of caring and tolerant young citizens".
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Diabetes charity urges caution over chamomile tea report
A diabetes charity has urged caution in the light of a new study that suggests drinking chamomile tea could prevent the complications of type two diabetes. Researchers say the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry study raises hope of a new anti-diabetes drug, but Diabetes UK warned patients against acting on the findings until more research had been done. Dr Victoria King, research manager at the charity, said: "More research is needed before we can come to any firm conclusions about the role chamomile plays in fighting diabetes-related complications."
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Cancer charity launches anti-tobacco campaign
Cancer Research UK is launching a campaign to warn children of the dangers of tobacco and calling on people across the UK to sign up to a petition to support its aims. Jean King, director of tobacco control at the charity, said: "We have launched this campaign to help protect children from the dangers of tobacco. We know many underage smokers buy cigarettes from vending machines and that attractive branding makes cigarettes more appealing to young people and dilutes the impact of health warnings."
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Charity calls for change in law for retired Gurkhas
A charity is calling for a change in government policy to allow Ghurkhas to stay in the UK. Currently, only Gurkhas who retired from the British Army after 1997, when their base moved from Hong Kong to Kent, can automatically stay in the UK. Habib Rahman, of migrants' rights charity the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said: "Government policy on Gurkha veterans is unfair and must change." Today, 2,000 Gurkhas will march through central London, supported by Joanna Lumley, whose father was a Gurkha.
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