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Martin Narey, chief executive of Barnardo's, has been appointed chair of the Campaign to End Child Poverty.

Comic Relief is planning to run the world's largest virtual call centre for Friday's Red Nose Day. About 14,000 volunteer operators in 140 centres will answer calls to one number.

David Nussbaum, chief executive of anti-corruption agency Transparency International, will take over as head of WWF-UK on 21 May, after Robert Napier leaves in April to concentrate on his role as chair of the Met Office. Nussbaum joined Transparency International in 2002.

The Charity Commission met Buddhist charities in Birmingham on Tuesday as part of a bid by the regulator to develop its knowledge of issues facing faith charities.

P3, which works with the socially excluded, has been named the UK's best small company to work for by The Sunday Times.

The Charity Commission is investigating the benevolent fund of snooker's governing body, the World Professional Billiard and Snooker Association, amid concerns that the charity is not sufficiently independent. The association also owes £33,000 to the fund.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance raised almost £12,000 in 48 hours through fundraising website Justgiving for eight-year-old Macaulay Gilbert, who survived a car crash on the A1 in North Yorkshire in which his mother, her fiance and his two younger brothers were killed.

The World Land Trust is encouraging people to buy an acre of rainforest land as a present for Mother's Day on Sunday.

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