National media briefing: Royal British Legion, the Fairtrade Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, the BBC apologises to Band Aid, and the RSPCA

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

The Royal British Legion has admitted it is powerless to intervene after a gold-plated poppy worth £9.99, which had sold out on the charity’s own website, was sold for £175 on eBay.

See the Daily Mirror for full story

The Fairtrade Foundation does less for coffee farmers than Starbucks, according to a report by the free-market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs.

See The Guardian for full story

The actor Ricky Tomlinson has donated £1m to Ronald McDonald House in Liverpool, which houses the families of sick children.

See the Daily Mail for full story

The BBC has apologised to Band Aid over reports that claimed millions of pounds raised by the charity for famine relief in Ethiopia had been used to buy arms.

See BBC News for full story

Shoppers who care about animal welfare should shun standard British chicken and buy meat imported from thousands of miles away in Thailand, according to the RSPCA.

See The Independent for full story

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