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Comic Relief raised more than £40m for Red Nose Day on Friday, and did so without the help of St Paul's Catholic College in West Sussex, which banned its pupils from taking part in the event.

Sussex newspaper The Argus reported that the college refused to let pupils take part on the grounds that some of Comic Relief's activities could clash with its ethos.

The Catholic church, which is opposed to birth control and abortion, made an agreement with Comic Relief seven years ago to ensure Catholics could still raise money if they had assurances it would not be spent on causes that clashed with their beliefs. But Laura McCann, policy and briefing officer at the Catholic Education Service, said individual schools were at liberty to make their own decisions.

It's been an eventful week for the Big Lottery Fund. As well as being the focus of the debate about the costs of the 2012 Olympics, it has also been criticised in a report in The Sunday Telegraph. The paper described how the lottery's now defunct Community Fund gave £390,000 to the Detainee Support and Help Unit. This was despite the fact that the Charity Commission had found that the unit suffered from "serious mismanagement" and appeared to do little charitable work. Payments were frozen only after an investigation by BBC Radio Five Live.

"It is deeply concerning that such mismanagement of lottery money should have gone unnoticed for so long," said Hugo Swire, the Conservatives' culture spokesman.

It's also been a trying week for supermodel Kate Moss, who incurred the wrath of animal rights group Peta after being snapped by paparazzi wearing a fox fur coat. The charity told the Daily Mirror: "A dozen foxes have been horribly electrocuted just so she can look like a street walker." Miaow.

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