Third Sector's pick of today's top news stories, from a £1m donation to Macmillan to a record-busting charity auction bid.

Millionaire's wife lays down £1.5m bid at charity auction
The wife of a millionaire has paid a charity £1.5m for a white-knuckle ride with the Red Arrows. Julie Heselden placed the winning bid at an auction held by Help for Heroes, the charity for injured servicemen and women. George Hewson, chair of the charity, said: "We had hoped to raise more than £250,000 from the ball but thanks to our sponsors and everyone who attended and dug deep into their pockets we raised around £1.65m."
See The Yorkshire Post for full story

Boss of greetings card chain donates £1m to cancer charity
Dean Hoyle, founder of greetings card chain the Card Factory, donated the money to Macmillan Cancer Support to celebrate 10 years of business. Hoyle said: "We really wanted to give something back by donating a large sum of money to a charity we know will spend it wisely." The chain is also launching a range of Christmas cards in partnership with the charity.
See the Morley Observer & Advertiser for full story

Charity issues statement urging people to consider blind housemates
The RNIB has issued a statement describing how the presence of a blind contestant in this year's Big Brother proves blindness should not rule people out as potential housemates. The statement said: "Both Mikey and Darnell, who is partially sighted, have dispelled myths and increased understanding of the challenges blind and partially sighted people experience, as well as what they can achieve."
See Medical News Today for full story

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