National media briefing: ChurchAds.Net, Rainbow Trust, 174 Trust, Posthumous honour for Jimi Heselden

Charities in today's national news

The Christian charity ChurchAds.Net has launched a thought-provoking advertising campaign with posters featuring a mocked-up scan of Jesus in the womb, carrying the slogan: "He's on His way – Christmas starts with Christ". The charity says it wants to remind people of the true meaning of Christmas.
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A mobile phone firm aims to go head to head with the X Factor winner Matt Cardle for the Christmas number one spot with the release of a charity single. Employees at the Genuine Solutions Group have recorded a version of the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas?. Proceeds from downloads of the song will be donated to the Rainbow Trust, which helps support families of children battling life-threatening or terminal illness.
See This is Local London for full story

A Northern Irish charity that helps severely disabled children has spoken of its dismay after Christmas presents, due to be given to the children at a party next week, were stolen. The 174 Trust said a wheelchair worth £600 and specially adapted computer equipment were among the items taken in what was the second break-in within a week.
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Leeds City Council is to pay a posthumous honour to the philanthropist Jimi Heselden OBE, the multi-millionaire boss of the Segway scooter company who died in September, by making him a freeman of the city. Heselden donated millions to charities including Help for Heroes, St Gemma's and Martin House Hospices and the Leeds Community Foundation.
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