What's new - Your round-up of the latest fundraising campaigns

I Can, the children's communication charity, has launched a Christmas fundraising campaign that involves people adopting a word from the English language and 'owning' it for a year.

Supporters can visit www.adoptaword.com and choose from a database of 80,000 words provided by the Collins English Dictionary. Each word costs from £20. Celebrities including Spice Girl Mel C, Countdown's lexicon expert Susie Dent and former television host Timmy Mallet are among the first to adopt words and support the campaign. The charity hopes to sell 5,000 words in the first five months to help children in the UK speak and understand words.

J's Hospice, a charity providing palliative care for terminally ill adults, is asking its supporters to join a trek in Japan in March 2009. Participants must raise a minimum of £3,150 for the organisation.

Scope is being supported by radio presenters from Trent FM, who will undertake a series of challenges as part of a fundraising campaign. Listeners can go online to vote and donate to Dare the DJs.

Rays of Sunshine, a charity for children, is running a poetry writing competition. Schoolchildren from five to 11 pay £1 for each poem they enter, and a winner is chosen by a panel that includes children's author Jacqueline Wilson. Entries must be in by 12 December.

Retail Trust, which supports people in retail and their families, is raising money by selling decorative charms during the Christmas period. Four designs are available for £1 each at various stores.


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