Becks, who has been left out of manager Fabio Capello's first squad for England's friendly against Switzerland today, was meant to be hosting an event for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in London. According to reports, he told organisers he had to return to the US for training only two hours before it was due to start.
The Daily Mail quoted a charity source as saying: "His decision to cancel at the last minute was lousy. We're gutted he has left us in the lurch."
WWF has been forced to ditch Stinky Fish, the star of its campaign to promote sustainable fishing, after the fishing industry kicked up a stink.
The Observer reported that Tesco contacted the Marine Stewardship Council, which jointly ran the campaign with WWF, to tell them to pull the "misguided" campaign.
Stinky's name seems to have been the biggest problem. If he is reborn, he could be called 'Super Fish' instead.
Jim Gilmore, a lobbyist who represents much of the Alaskan pollack industry, told the newspaper: "Consumers are nervous of fish - one of the major issues is the odour."
If there was any doubt that the quality of charity shops has gone up a notch in recent years, an Oxfam shop in Formby, near Liverpool, should act as proof. Its star attraction is a Breitling Chronomat watch, a snip at just £1,500. However, it's not actually on show in the shop and can be viewed only by appointment.
Complete with a Bakelite box and certificates, the watch is one of the most expensive items in the shop.
The donor was happy to give it to the charity, provided they asked £1,500 for it.