Charity and Voluntary Sector

TfL: On Friday 24 September, a 5 miles long convoy of 100 London taxis left Canary Wharf, taking children suffering from life-threatening illnesses on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. Since the trip began in 1994, around 3,500 sick children have enjoyed the annual Children's Magical Taxi Tour, organised by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers.  The Tour is paid for entirely by sponsorship & fundraising, with the taxi drivers giving up their time & their vehicles without charge. 
Press release ~ Magical Taxi Tour
 
EHEnglish Heritage is delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has agreed to support the conservation & digitisation of one of the earliest and most significant collections of oblique aerial photography of the UK. The Aerofilms Collection, acquired for the nation in 2007, is a unique & important archive of over 1m aerial photographs taken between 1919 & 2006. 
 
The 4-year programme will start in 2011, and will give the general public the chance to share information & memories related to the images.  Fragile negatives will be conserved & scanned into digital format, and a new website, Britain from Above, will be launched at the end of 2011.

By the end of the project, in 2014, there will be 95,000 images taken between 1919 & 1953 freely available online.
Press release ~ Aerofilms Collection
 
ScotGov: Health charity Diabetes UK and the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government have announced joint funding of £675k+ to establish a resource in Scotland for research into Type 1 diabetes..
 
The 'Scottish Diabetes Research Network (SDRN) Type 1 Diabetes Bioresource' will see the development of an invaluable data source for researchers and will lay down the foundation for many future diabetes studies worldwide.  A key aim of the Bioresource project is to develop methods for preventing diabetes and its associated complications.
 
The project will also be supported by dedicated Diabetes Research Nurses provided by the SDRN (which is also funded by the Chief Scientist Office).  The Network is currently establishing a Diabetes Research Register of patients with diabetes who wish to take part in research.
Press release ~ Scottish Diabetes Research Network ~ Diabetes UK
 
BIG: A new multi-million pound international Lottery programme opened last week to channel funding into the poorest & most marginalised communities around the world through UK-based charities working overseas. The Big Lottery Fund’s 5-year International Communities programme will make grants to projects tackling some of the causes of poverty & deprivation among impoverished communities overseas.

It will fund schemes that improve access to primary education, health care and natural resources, build sustainable livelihoods and support disadvantaged people to exercise their basic human rights.
Press release ~ International Communities programme
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