The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, entertained guests at a charity auction by playing the piano and singing in English a rendition of Fats Domino’s hit Blueberry Hill at the weekend. The auction, in St Petersburg, was attended by international stars including the actors Kevin Costner and Sharon Stone.
Wealthy families who give to charity find it hard to work out if their funds are being used effectively, according to a study by the consultancy New Philanthropy Capital. It claimed budding philanthropists wanted more advice on setting up charitable trusts.
A Welsh charity has criticised Cardiff City Council’s new local development plan, which it says does not take climate change seriously. Cardiff Civic Society claimed the council’s Draft Sustainability and Environmental Impact Assessment failed to outline how it would tackle global warming.
The Duchess of Cornwall has attended a concert in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society. The charity's Celebration of Christmas event was held in Bath Abbey.
The homelessness charity Crisis has warned that it faces a bed shortage over Christmas if it cannot find a building to house one of its shelters. Between 23 and 30 December, the charity will run nine centres across London for homeless people, but a change in circumstance has meant it will be one building and 150 beds short of its target.