Third Sector at Large: Playsuits, beer, cutout pigs - we need some inspectors

Paloma Faith, beer tasting and cardboard sheep are on our minds this week

It's all right: It's for charity
It's all right: It's for charity

- The singer and style icon Paloma Faith has collaborated with the knicker manufacturer La Senza to produce a range of 40s-style underwear which will be sold in October - Breast Cancer Awareness month - with part of the price going to Breast Cancer Care. "My mum had breast cancer so this is a cause I am passionate about," says Paloma. Below we show the Emerald Playsuit at £30, with £3 going to the charity. Is this: (a) an inspired fundraising idea, (b) a tacky commercial stunt, (c) a shameless piece of self-publicity, (d) all of the above or (e) none of the above?

- Another connotation that might surprise you comes from Brainwave, the charity for children with brain injuries or genetic conditions. It's set to benefit from a beer tasting at the Farmers Club in London, hosted by Christine Cryne, Brainwave's chief executive and a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. She declares herself "passionate" about beer and gushes: "It's not that unusual for a woman to be associated with beer. In the 1700s a survey found that 78 per cent of licensed brewers were women, and many cultures, from Africa to the Baltic, have a Goddess of Beer."

- Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca, has always been an intermittent and enigmatic tweeter, but last week he excelled himself by suddenly appealing for a large cardboard cut-out of a pig or a sheep. "It's for professional purposes, I stress," he added, sheepishly. We know he's retiring soon, but what on earth is going on?

- Is it shame or success to find yourself lampooned in Private Eye? Sir Steve Bubb of Acevo got the full treatment in the last edition, comparing him to both Ronnie Corbett and Pollyanna for his name-dropping, remorselessly upbeat blog. It will no doubt bounce harmlessly off him. Third Sector, on the other hand, is still smarting over its appearance in Riotballs for the headline 'Charities report no damage from continuing disturbances'.

- Participation Works, a charity based at the National Children's Bureau, has had some success with its Young Inspectors programme: young people assess the youth-friendliness of facilities ranging from clubs to career centres. Last week it announced its new Young Inspectors Package - but do we really need to know that? We'll be hearing about their lunch box next.

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