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A butcher from Essex has taken the now established tradition of stripping off for charity to new levels by posing naked on a horse to raise money for Everyman, the male cancer campaign charity.

The Dunmow Broadcast & Recorder reported that "brave" Danny Smith, who owns DK Smith Family Butcher in Great Bardfield, was persuaded to bare all for charity by one of his regular customers. He said: "I was quite nervous about taking all my clothes off, but I knew it was for a good cause and the pictures were going to be done properly."

The plan was for Smith to pose among the sausages and chops in his shop, giving plenty of ammunition to punning headline writers. As a keen horseman, however, the butcher came up with the idea of posing on his horse, Avalon.

Impoverished orphans in eastern Europe could soon be donning Prada tracksuits and Calvin Klein coats, thanks to a donation from Derbyshire Police to local Christian charity His ChurcH. More than £50,000-worth of stolen or counterfeit goods seized by the force was given to charity, according to the Derby Evening Telegraph.

Thousands of women have failed to send in sponsorship money raised through Race for Life events in Dorset, leaving Cancer Research UK £300,000 short of its target.

Fewer than six out of 10 of those who took part have sent cash to the charity, which is now urging all those who ran this summer to return any remaining money as soon as possible.

Hannah O'Donnell, the Dorset organiser of Race for Life, told the Southern Daily Echo: "Race for Life is such a unique and inspiring event with women uniting behind the same cause, but the finish line really isn't crossed until we receive everyone's sponsorship money."

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