Charity and Voluntary Sector

10DS: As this year's Red Nose Day single with One Direction was revealed for the first time, the Government confirmed it will hand back the VAT on sales of the single to Comic Relief. The single ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ is a mash up of Blondie and The Undertones 1978 hits. Red Nose Day is on Friday 15 March 2013.
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BHF: A British Heart Foundation’s survey shows that ‘long working hours, children, marriage and a lack of funds prompts fitness decline’ - but BHF are urging the UK to get up & get on their bikes for London to Brighton 2013. The survey also found that most Brits felt their optimum age for physical fitness was 26, and the age at which they aspire to stay physically active until is 56 years old.
 
BHF's upcoming London to Brighton bike ride opens for registration on Saturday 2 March 2013 and the BHF are hoping that people across the UK will sign up & improve the physical habits of the nation. You can join over 27,000 cyclists and ride the 54-mile route on Sunday 16 June 2013

The ride is for anyone of any fitness & ability so sign-up to register your interest and raise funds that will help the BHF continue its lifesaving work into the fight against heart disease.
Press release & links ~ BHF - New figures reveal England’s growing waistline
 
DUKDiabetes UK is pleased to announce the launch of the Android version of their award-winning Diabetes Tracker App.  The app allows users to log & track a range of vital data, including blood glucose levels, insulin & carbohydrates, to share it with their healthcare professionals and visualise their results across days & weeks.
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CO5 innovative programmes that get volunteers involved in solving some of the biggest social challenges – from combating isolation in old age to helping young people get jobs – will receive follow-on funding from the Innovation in Giving Fund. The Fund is run by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and funded by the Cabinet Office.
 
Alongside this, as part of the commitment in the Giving White Paper: One Year On update, the CO is also announcing its plans to launch a new Centre for Social Action in April 2013.  Over 2 years the CO will invest around £36m to support organisations who want to mobilise people to take part in social action.
Press release & links
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