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Edward Ackroyd, Say Hello to Edward Campaign
Edward Ackroyd, Say Hello to Edward Campaign

Action Duchenne, the charity that works to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and supports people living with the condition, will receive the proceeds of a new record and music video launched this week on the internet.Never Say Goodbye was written and performed by members of the Say Hello to Edward Campaign, set up to raise funds to support five-year-old Duchenne sufferer Edward Ackroyd.

A special campaign website has been set up so supporters can leave messages for Edward. Visitors to the site are also encouraged to buy the record for 99p. All the proceeds will go towards Action Duchenne's work to find a cure for the disease.

Weston Hospice Care is asking supporters who overindulge this Christmas to take part in a sponsored weight-loss challenge in 2009. Funds raised will go towards the £2.4m needed to keep the charity running each year.

The Sailors' Society is asking supporters to give £30 to support its port chaplains, who visit ships on Christmas Day to support seafarers away from home. Donors can also give £20 - enough for four phonecards for a seaman to call home.

Help the Hospices will benefit from funds raised by staff at all branches of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks until Christmas. Staff are encouraged to hold events or donate cash, and all the money raised will be matched by the bank.

Sue Ryder Care is holding an art exhibition to raise funds for its work. Art Liberating Lives will run from 11 to 18 December at London's Mall Galleries. The charity suggests a donation of £2 to enter.

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