MEDIA DIGEST, 26 September: palliative care, alcohol misuse and a stale piece of toast

Third Sector's round-up of today's top stories, including a setback for tonight's orange RockCorps concert, a health warning for Scots and an innovative fundraising initiative from a former Spice Girl.

Rapper's charity gig under threat
US rapper Busta Rhymes was detained by immigration officials at London's City Airport for 11 hours yesterday ahead of his appearance at the Orange RockCorps concert, which is being held at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Young people have earned tickets to the gig in return for volunteering. "He has the necessary work permit and has been in the country twice already this year, so we're a little puzzled that a question mark is now being placed over his ability to enter the country to perform," said Stephen Greene, co-founder of RockCorps.
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British charity worker on trial in Albania
A charity worker from Lancashire has gone on trial in Albania accused of sexually abusing orphans. Dino Christodoulou, 44, worked on several charity projects in Albania in the 1990s. He was arrested last October during an investigation launched in 2006 in response to allegations made by six orphans aged between six and 13 at a children's refuge in Tirana. The trial is expected to last several weeks.
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Former nurses launch new hospice service
Eight nurses who set up a care charity after losing their jobs have now set up a pioneering palliative care service. The King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, Sussex closed in 2006 after a three-year fight to save it. In September that year, the group of nurses formed the Palls charity. They have now created Hospice Services at Home TLC (Therapies Linked to Care), which offers complementary therapies, emergency nursing, respite for carers and counselling.
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Health charity warns Scots over drinking habits
A health charity has urged Scots to scale back their drinking after research revealed that alcohol sales were a fifth higher in Scotland than south of the border. Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems yesterday drew attention to data on spending habits across the UK, showing that the average Scottish adult consumes 11.8 litres of pure alcohol a year – 20 per cent more than in England and Wales. But the research has sparked controversy, with alcohol industry body the Portman Group accusing the charity of using unreliable data.
See The Herald for full story

Scary Spice to sells entire contents of house for charity
Former Spice Girl Mel B is auctioning off the entire contents of her British house to raise money for cancer charity Clic Sargent. Now based in LA, she is auctioning items including a signature Scary Spice leopard print costume, five Roberto Cavalli outfits and a toaster that still contains a slice of bread. The online auction is at www.melbsale.com until 26 October.
See The Lancaster and Morcambe Citizen for full story

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