National media briefing: British Heart Foundation, Dogs Trust, Médecins Sans Frontières, NSPCC

Charities in today's news

National media briefing
National media briefing

A major search and rescue operation was launched yesterday after a number of swimmers at a British Heart Foundation charity event in Dorset went home without notifying organisers.

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More than nine thousand stray dogs have been found across Northern Ireland in the past year, according to a survey by the Dogs Trust.

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The international president of Médecins Sans Frontières, Dr Unni Karunakara, has called on aid agencies to stop presenting a misleading picture of the famine in Somalia and admit that helping the worst-affected people is almost impossible.

See The Guardian for full story

One in 20 secondary school children has been sexually abused, the NSPCC is warning, amid fears that young victims could be driven to suicide without expert help.

See Metro for full story

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