National media briefing: YMCA Norfolk, Comic Relief, Kitab al-Sunna and Sane

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

YMCA Norfolk has branded a "huge waste" the fact that Norfolk has more than 9,000 empty homes, of which 1,621 have not been lived in for more than two years.

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The actor Chelsee Healey will travel with a group of stars along the Zambezi River in Africa to raise money for Comic Relief, alongside the Spice Girl Melanie C, the Olympic triple jumper Phillips Idowu, the DJ Greg James and the comedians Dara O'Briain and Jack Dee. 

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Syrian women and girls, some as young as 14, are being "sold" into forced marriages or prostitution after becoming refugees, according to aid workers and religious charities including Kitab al-Sunna

See The Daily Telegraph for full story

The damaging effects of the recession have been blamed for the significant increase in the number of middle-aged men committing suicide, the UK mental health charity Sane has warned.

See the Daily Mail for full story

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