NEWS DIGEST: 10 SEPTEMBER

Third Sector's pick of today's top news stories, from a call to protect a newly discovered colony of seahorses to a domestic violence charity that is facing the closure of two of its branches.

Sealife charity calls for marine law protection
The Seahorse Trust has called for action to protect the species after the discovery of Britain's largest colony in Studland Bay, Dorset. The charity is calling on landowners and conservation body Natural England to enforce the Wildlife and Countryside Act and to ban anchoring in areas where seahorses live. Anchors are said to destroy eelgrass, the animals' natural habitat.
See TimesOnline for full story

Women's Aid centres face closure
Two charity centres that support victims of domestic abuse are at risk of closure because of a lack of funding. Women's Aid said its two centres, in Aberconwy and Colwyn in Conwy, north Wales, desperately need more money to pay outreach workers. Clare Thomas, who runs the Colwyn branch, said: "The refuge itself is paid for by the Government. The problem is that other work, including the centre and outreach workers, is grant-funded. That means we are constantly struggling and crossing our fingers that we find the next round of funding."
See BBC News for full story

Cancer study discovers key genes
A study at Nottingham University has revealed the three key genes thought to be responsible for childhood cancer. The research was funded by the Joseph Foote charity and carried out on behalf of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group. A spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK said: "Relatively little is known about the causes of childhood cancer, so this is an important study."
See BBC News for full story

West Londoners ‘most likely to suffer diabetes complications'
People living in west London are more likely to die or suffer complications such as amputation as a result of undiagnosed diabetes than anywhere else in the capital, according to Diabetes UK. A study by the charity found that Kensington and Chelsea had the worst record in London for diagnosing type 2 diabetes. Figures showed that 48 per cent of people in the borough who were suffering from the condition were unaware they had it.
See London Informer for full story

Conference to examine effects of drinking while pregnant
A London charity is holding a conference tomorrow to discuss the effects of alcohol consumption on developing foetuses. The event is being organised by the charity Parents for Children and will be attended by paediatricians, substance misuse nurses and doctors, lecturers and medical advisers.
See Sheffield Telegraph for full story

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