National media briefing: the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, National Autistic Society, the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Sir Richard Branson

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has been awarded more than £400,000 from the US government’s foreign aid budget.

See The Daily Telegraph for full story

Too many people with autism are being failed by the adult social care system, according to a study by the National Autistic Society.

See The Guardian for full story

Charlotte Townshend, one of Britain’s richest women, has been forced to step down as patron of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, which was founded by her grandfather, after a campaign of threats and intimidation by animal rights militants.

See The Daily Telegraph for full story

The Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson got dressed up as a female flight attendant on a charity flight to honour a bet he lost to the chief executive of Air Asia, Tony Fernandes.

See BBC News for full story

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