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A nurse was caught by security cameras stealing money from a hospice's charity collection box to spend on an Indian takeaway.

The Grimsby Telegraph reported that Joanne Brown, a nurse at St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby, was filmed using spoons to prise money out of the slot of the locked collection tin at the hospice's Peaks Lane Centre.

Brown claimed she had "borrowed" the cash and intended to replace it, but a jury at Grimsby Crown Court found her guilty of two charges of stealing and one charge of attempting to steal money.

The Mayday for Nurses Hardship Fund has fired off the latest salvo in the escalating war of words with Gareth Southgate, manager of Middlesbrough Football Club.

He withdrew his offer of a donation to the campaign, launched to encourage Premiership footballers to donate a day's wages to nurses, after he accused the charity of blackmail.

The Northern Echo website reported that Southgate was livid after the charity took the decision to publish the names and clubs of players who had agreed to donate and those who had declined.

A spokeswoman for the appeal retaliated: "It seems that Mr Southgate backed the campaign, but his players did not. However, that doesn't mean that players who have kindly donated money to the campaign should not be named. What he is suggesting is that no one in the public eye can donate money to a charity. It is disgusting."

The disagreement between the RSPCA and Christine Gill, whose mother left the family farm to the animal charity, rumbles on.

Gill wrote to thank Daily Mirror columnist Fiona Phillips after she appealed to the organisation to show a bit of charity itself. Gill wrote: "I repeat my appeal to give me my farm in return for a very large donation in cash." It's over to you, RSPCA.

HE SAID IT

'Most paper generated by most charities is crap'

Andrew Phillips, charity lawyer, at the NCVO and OnBoard Trustee Conference in London last week, talking about the administrative output of voluntary sector organisations.

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