Helena Bonham Carter becomes patron of muscular dystrophy charity
Actor Helena Bonham Carter is the new patron of Action Duchenne, the Duchenne muscular dystrophy charity. Nick Catlin, chief executive of the charity, said: "Helena Bonham Carter and our other supporters provide an incredible boost to all Duchenne sufferers and their families." The disease affects 2,500 people in the UK and about 40,000 people worldwide.
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Environmental group slams Forest Stewardship Council
Friends of the Earth has accused the Forest Stewardship Council of allowing its standards to fall. The campaigning organisation said that although the council still offered the best standard of certification for wood and timber, in some cases its certificates were no longer a guarantee of rigorous environmental and social standards. Ed Matthew, head of climate at Friends of the Earth, said: "We are concerned at reports that some FSC certificates are failing to guarantee rigorous environmental and social standards. As a result, the mark's credibility is being undermined."
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Health charities welcome tobacco shock tactics
The decision to print graphic images of the damage caused by smoking on the back of cigarette packs has been backed by the British Dental Health Foundation and anti-smoking charity Ash, among others. Deborah Arnott, director of Ash, said: "The stark images in the picture warnings on tobacco products are a call to action to smokers to quit, and the evidence is that they work."
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Charity research reveals decline in dietary health
Research by a Christian charity has revealed that the dietary habits of people living in the UK are suffering as a result of the credit crunch. One in three of the 2,000 respondents to the Christians Against Poverty survey said they were eating less healthily due to the current financial turmoil.
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Fire service website wins new Shaw Trust award
The website of the Cheshire Fire Service has become the first recipient of a new award given out by employment services charity the Shaw Trust. The trust presented the organisation with the accessibility award after each page of the website was checked by a team of specialist technology staff that included people who were blind, dyslexic, deaf or had mobility problems.
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WWF on the lookout for new head office in Surrey
The WWF could take over a former council plot in the centre of Woking, Surrey, as a new site for its head office. The Brewery Road car park site previously had planning consent for a Surrey County Council building. David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK, said the aim was to find an "attractive and flexible" working space that complemented and enriched the local environment.
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Computers 'speed up screening process'
Research funded by Cancer Research UK has shown that the use of computers in hospitals can help medical professionals study more mammograms for the early signs of cancer. Standard practice is for two experts to study mammograms, but research at the University of Aberdeen showed that one radiologist, assisted by a computer, can read more mammograms in the same amount of time. Lesley Walker, director of information at CRUK, said: "This is good news for women – particularly for those who live in areas where invitations for screening have been late in arriving."
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Charity produces DVD to explain mental capacity law
Mental health charity the Home Farm Trust has produced a DVD that explains the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The DVD was produced for the Department of Health's Social Care Institute for Excellence and is designed to help people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. The DVD features Martin Clunes and the first 1,000 copies are available free of charge from the HFT.
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