MEDIA DIGEST, 25 September: a royal patronage, pet rabbits and pioneering asthma research

Third Sector's round-up of today's top charity-related stories, including a Jewish charity that has named Prince Charles as its new patron, a warning about the increase of myxomatosis in pet rabbits and research that could lead to better treatment for asthma sufferers.

Princes Charles named as patron of Jewish charity
Princes Charles is to be patron of the Jewish Museum in London. The museum holds one of the largest collections of Judaica in the world. It will be the first time a member of the royal family has been patron of a Jewish charity operating in Britain.
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Women's Royal Voluntary Service in Jersey closes

Charities in Jersey have received a cash boost from the closure of the local branch of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service. The WRVS branch was dissolved in the Royal Court on Friday after more than 40 years, after struggling to recruit new, younger members. Its assets of £30,000 have gone to a women's refuge, a children's respite home, Mencap and the RNLI.
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BBC documentary points finger at charities
A BBC documentary has accused two Norwich clothing charities of malpractice. An investigation by Inside Out East alleged that the Children's Welfare Foundation had made door to door collections illegally and failed to provide any evidence of the causes it supported. Orphan and Community Aid, which supports projects in Africa, was accused of making unauthorised payments. A trustee of Orphan and Community Aid said money had been reinvested to generate future income for good causes.
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Increase in myxomatosis cases in pet rabbits
Veterinary charity the PDSA has reported dramatic increases of myxomatosis in pet rabbits in Humberside, the west midlands and the south east. The disease can be transmitted via fleas, flies that bite and direct contact with infected animals. Symptoms include listlessness and anorexia as well as swelling of the rabbits' heads, eyelids and genitals. Sean Wensley, senior veterinary surgeon at the PDSA, said: "The effects of the myxomatosis virus are very distressing to witness and are usually fatal."
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Asthma UK funds pioneering lung research
Scientists funded by Asthma UK are carrying out research into the role of immune cells in the lungs that could lead to better treatment for people suffering from asthma. The study at the University of Southampton's School of Medicine will examine white cells, or ‘macrophages', in the lungs of people with asthma and examine how they affect the airway narrowing that can worsen asthma symptoms. According to Asthma UK, 5.2 million people in the UK currently receive treatment for asthma.
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