NEWS DIGEST: 11 SEPTEMBER

Our pick of today's top news stories, from the duchess who's agreed to be a patron of a charity set up in memory of a murdered couple, to spiralling car club membership and the new charity centre vandalised one day after opening.

Duchess to be patron of memorial charity
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has agreed to become a patron for a charity set up in the memory of murdered honeymooners Catherine and Ben Mullany. The Duchess was asked to be patron by members of the couple's family after they met on a flight to Antigua, where the two were murdered. The Mullany Fund charity will raise money to finance medical and physiotherapy students and has already received its first donation of £10,000 from the Duchess.
See Thisislondon for full story

Charity sets up refugee mentoring service
A Manchester charity has set up a refugee mentoring service. The Refugee Integration and Employment Service has been set up by Refugee Action to help refugees become part of the communities in which they live. Refugees will be matched with British volunteers who will support their mentees in getting employment and achieving other ambitions. The charity hopes mentors will commit to about five hours a month and a whole year to the project.
See Asian News for full story

Car club membership doubles in a year
More people are turning to car clubs to save money on petrol costs, according to a report by transport charity Carplus. Membership of car clubs in the UK has more than doubled in the past year: more than 50,000 people now use 1,500 car club vehicles to get around. Most members are based in London, where 70 per cent of the cars are currently located and where the car club initiative has been supported by Transport for London.
See TheGreenCarWebsite for full story

Hampshire charity launches networking site for parents of teenagers
Parentline Plus is launching a government-funded social networking site for parents of teenagers to help them deal with the issues that emerge from raising older children. The website is designed to cover a range of problems, from the very serious to the comical. As well as a Mumsnet-style forum, where parents can chat anonymously about what is happening at home, the new site will include e-learning modules to help with problems such as drug or alcohol abuse.
See Portsmouth Today for full story

Charity's centre vandalised one day after opening
A centre opened by Northern Ireland autism charity Autism Initiatives NI has been vandalised one day after opening. Staff at the facility in South Down have urged the local community to help police with their inquiries.
See News Letter for full story

Lack of funds could close employment charity
A charity that helps people back to work is facing closure even as a similar one in the same area has received a £200,000 grant. St Simon's Community Project in Tyne and Wear has been operating for 15 years but needs a huge injection of cash by the end of the week. Another, similar charity operating in the area, South Tyneside Training & Enterprise Network, has recently received a grant for £200,000 from the local council.
See The Shields Gazette for full story

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