National media briefing: Guardian columnist's charity work libel settlement, the Royal British Legion, Combat Stress, the British Heart Foundation, the Red Cross and the Resolution Foundation

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian, has agreed to carry out £25,000 worth of charity work over the next three years as part of a legal settlement after he tweeted defamatory comments about the Tory peer Lord McAlpine, who was falsely linked to claims of child abuse.

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Ministers must find more money to support army reservists as evidence grows that part-timers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to suffer from serious mental health illnesses than regular soldiers who served alongside them, warn the Royal British Legion and Combat Stress

See The Guardian for full story

The British Heart Foundation has created a smartphone app that virtually transforms cigarette packs in smokers' hands into items they could afford if they quit the habit. 

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Demand for Red Cross food parcels is at its highest since the Second World War, largely driven by an increase in need for food and shelter in Europe because of the economic crisis.  

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More than half of British children – 7.1 million of the UK’s 13 million young people – will grow up in families that are struggling below the breadline, according to a report by the charity the Resolution Foundation.

See The Independent for full story

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