Fundraising News: What's new - Your weekly round-up of the latest fundraising campaigns

Making Space, a Cheshire-based charity that helps those affected by schizophrenia and mental illness, is using the wristband craze in a bid to raise funds and awareness. The organisation is hoping to raise at least £15,000 for its service users' holiday, which gives those with mental illness the experience of going on holiday while giving their full-time carers a break. The wristbands are being sold for £1 from its website and there will be a summer fair to raise funds in July.

Save the Children has recruited an army of volunteers to shake collection tins in a bid to raise £1m in its annual fundraising week, now under way.

For this year's theme, 'Stop the war on children', each of its shops has chosen to focus on a country and provide information about its work there.

Business cards have been printed with information encouraging people to volunteer. The organisation has launched a poster campaign, while an exhibition alongside the Imperial War Museum's 'The Children's War' features photography showing modern children affected by war.

Jewish Care has launched a direct mail campaign centred on its work in the mental health field, in an effort to raise more than £250,000.

The campaign tells the story of a bipolar disorder sufferer, Rebecca, who became withdrawn, but was helped by Jewish Care. The charity is also running a series of advertisements in Jewish and local press on the theme 'No laughing matter'. The appeal started in the run-up to Passover and is aimed at tackling the stigma about mental health issues and raising awareness of the charity.

The Royal Horticultural Society has launched a spring appeal centred on biodiversity, which it hopes will raise £200,000 and protect the environment.

The campaign will target 200,000 of the charity's 360,000 members who live near the four RHS gardens in Surrey, Essex, Yorkshire and Devon.

Each will receive information on biodiversity initiatives to encourage gardeners to make informed choices about the way they garden, and on how to help protect the environment.

RSPCA Week started on Monday with a fundraising push to boost awareness of animal welfare and promote responsible pet ownership. All 177 branches around the country are involved in the campaign to raise funds in support of the work the charity carries out to combat cruelty and encourage kindness to animals. Tesco is supporting the week in a variety of ways, including holding cash collections and asking shoppers to donate pet food.

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