Breakthrough Breast Cancer has launched a weekend-long walking event to raise funds. The Weekend to Breakthrough Breast Cancer requires people to walk a 60km route through London from 23-25 September, with overnight camping facilities laid on. The charity believes it is the first walk of its type in the UK. The idea was copied from an event run by a Canadian breast cancer charity last year, which raised £4m. Breakthrough hopes to raise the same amount and has set a minimum sponsorship target of £1,500 for each entrant. It will provide participants with tips on attracting top-level sponsors.
Kids, a national charity supporting disabled children and their families, is hosting a gala evening at London's Royal Courts of Justice on 2 February to raise money for its new Young People's Inclusion Network. Up to 500 guests will pay £220 each to attend the dinner, fundraising auction and raffle. Diners can bid for the opportunity to be written into the latest book by author Philip Kerr, a week's work experience with designer Lulu Guinness, diamond earrings, and five nights at a resort in Rajasthan, India. Kids hopes to raise £400,000 from the event, which will be sponsored by financial news provider Bloomberg and EFG Private Bank. Funds will also go to existing services such as playgrounds, information services and respite care.
Vision Aid Overseas, a charity providing spectacles to people with sight problems in developing countries, is to be profiled in BBC1's monthly Lifeline Appeal. The 10-minute slot, to be aired on 6 and 9 February, followed a Vision Aid team to southern Ethiopia to film its work in eye testing and the training of local doctors and nurses. This time the charity is appealing for funds rather than more glasses, said director Tym Marsh.
"We do have a big recycling scheme, but people forget that, like any charity, we need money. If I could pay for our air fares and insurance policies with old spectacles, I'd have no problem at all." Vision Aid Overseas helps 20,000 patients each year, but hopes to expand. "We'd like to work more effectively in the countries we operate in," added Marsh.
The Teenage Cancer Trust has been named as Credit Suisse First Boston's charity of the year. Shelter and the British Lung Foundation were the runners-up, but deafblind charity Sense failed to make the shortlist despite running a cheeky poster campaign on train stations near the company's headquarters last March. The global banking giant raised around £300,000 for last year's partner, the Richard House Children's Hospice.