National media briefing: Thames Reach, SongBird Survival, the Bobby Moore Fund, Susan Boyle thief spends charity cash, National Lottery Good Causes

Charities in today's national news

The homelessness charity Thames Reach has urged people not to give money to beggars this Christmas because it says they are most likely to spend the cash on hard drugs.
See the Guardian for full story

The robin redbreast is among several bird species in danger of "near extinction" if the freezing weather continues, the SongBird Survival charity has claimed.
See the Press Association for full story

Eight-year-old Jonjo Heuerman is hoping to raise £10,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund by walking 23 miles across London, from Wembley Stadium to the West Ham Upton Park ground, in memory of his grandmother and former England captain Bobby Moore, who both died from bowel cancer.
See BBC News for full story

A 17-year-old boy who has admitting stealing £9 from the bedroom of singer Susan Boyle in West Lothian, Scotland, has said he cannot afford to donate £100 to charity, as he had previously promised Livingstone Sheriff Court, because he had to spend the money on moving into a council home.
See the Daily Mirror for full story

An unclaimed Lottery ticket, worth more than £50,000, has gone to a charity, the National Lottery Good Causes, after the winning ticket holder failed to claim the prize by 180 days after the draw.
See the BuryFreePress for full story

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