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Celebrity gossip magazine Heat is to make an unspecified donation to The Vision Charity by way of an apology to Katie Price, aka Jordan the glamour model, after saying it did not mean to offend anyone with a joke it printed about her disabled son Harvey.

The magazine faced a barrage of criticism from readers and disability rights groups after it produced a sticker with the phrase "Harvey wants to eat me!" under a picture of the five-year-old, who suffers from septo-optic dysplasia, a condition that means he is visually impaired and suffers from hormonal deficiencies.

The Sun reported that customs officers who seized 2.7 million cigarettes have given the bananas used to hide them to the charity Monkey World as an early Christmas present. The cigarettes were discovered in Dorset, hidden behind hundreds of boxes of bananas. The fruit has now been given to the local charity, where they will be used as monkey food. HM Revenue & Customs spokesman Bob Gaiger said: "We're delighted to have found a way of putting the bananas to such a good use by giving them to the primates at Monkey World as an early Christmas present."

Sadly, it seems not everyone is getting into the festive spirit: heartless thieves in Belfast ruined a charity fundraiser after making off with a Santa suit. BBC News Online reported that the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice had hired someone to dress as Father Christmas for its annual Yuletide event. But after the outfit was stolen, disappointed families had to be turned away because Santa could not meet the children. A spokeswoman for the charity said: "I appreciate this has probably been tomfoolery, but we have lost almost £600, probably more. It is really sad that this has happened."

But it's not all doom and gloom: a replacement suit has been found and the event rescheduled.


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