Cystic Fibrosis Week, which takes place from 16-24 April, is being backed by Asda and The Sun. Special T-shirts with a rose design will be available for £6 from Asda clothing brand George to help raise money for the charity. The week will begin with a campaign, fronted by daytime TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan, to increase awareness of cystic fibrosis - letters from the couple will be sent to thousands of homes across the UK. One of the week's main focal points will be the Big Bounce 2005, which aims to get people to participate in sponsored 'bounces' on spacehoppers. The week will culminate with a star-studded awards ceremony in London to celebrate the achievements of young people with cystic fibrosis.
Help the Hospices has announced that Tea at 3, a nationwide fundraising event it is co-ordinating on behalf of local hospices, will take place on 17 June. Organisers are hoping to beat last year's total donations of £300,000 and expect hundreds of people to enter a competition for the 'Most Terrific Tea at 3 party'. Last year saw entrants holding tea parties in swimming pools, while celebrities including the Cheeky Girls and Melinda Messenger had tea at the Ritz. Celebrities who have pledged support this year include actress Jane Asher.
Age Concern Gloucestershire is celebrating its 25th birthday with a special party that will also kick-start a campaign to raise the £1m that is urgently needed to build a new drop-in centre. The charity wants to create a centre with a full range of medical facilities, extended care and social amenities. The Silver Jubilee party will be held at the Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham from 1.30pm on 1 April, and will include live music and a range of activities. Fundraising events planned for the coming year include a record-breaking conga and a yacht race.
The County Air Ambulance, a charity that operates in the Midlands and the West Country, is recruiting local residents to enter a half marathon in Stroke-on-Trent in June and collect sponsorship for running on its behalf. The charity, which has also launched an appeal through the local press, is one of three that will benefit from the proceeds of the Afford Rent-a-Car Potters Arf Marathon, which organisers are billing as the 'Great North Run of the Midlands'. From every runner's £10 entry fee, £4 will go to charity. "We're appealling to people to join us in the race to raise money for a charity that serves their community," said Paul Weir, County Air Ambulance's fundraising development manager.