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After the furore surrounding the Mayday for Nurses Hardship Fund (Third Sector, 17 October), nursing has hit the headlines again - this time because the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is investigating claims that £400,000 of charitable donations was spent on nurses' uniforms at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The regulator acted in response to a report in Dundee's Courier newspaper.

Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health in the Scottish Government, reportedly declined to become involved after she visited the hospital to publicise a hygiene campaign. But Bill Stewart, a former member of the local health board, said politicians had a duty to ensure donations given to hospital charities were spent in a responsible and correct fashion. He said there was "considerable doubt about the propriety of the nurses' uniforms decision".

Celebrities selflessly made time to attend last week's glittering Swarovski Fashion Rocks event, which was held to raise funds for the Prince's Trust. The Daily Mirror reported that guests such as supermodel Kate Moss, singer Whitney Houston and actor Uma Thurman were treated to generous goody bags that contained top-of-the range mobile phones, hotel vouchers, Samsonite travel bags and Swarovski crystal headphones. Who would have thought that giving your time to charity could be so rewarding?

On a similar theme, television presenters Ant and Dec have pledged to donate the profits from their next series of Saturday Night Takeaway to charity, according to the BBC News website. The show was among several on ITV found to be rigging competitions. The presenters said they received no financial benefit from phone lines and their donation was a "goodwill gesture".


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