Charity and Voluntary Sector

CO: Millions of people will be able to come together to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games in their local communities at one of over 2,000 games being held across the UK, thanks to a £2m Big Society fund, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said last week.
 
The Community Games programme will provide support & resources for communities to organise their own local sporting & cultural events in celebration of the London 2012 Games.  Community Games was the brainchild of Legacy UK, a charity whose role is to create lasting impact from the Olympic & Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. 
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BIGHundreds of charities & community groups across England that are struggling with the effects of public funding cuts and increased demand for their services have been given a new Lottery lifeline

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has awarded 217 of its grant-holders an extra year’s worth of funding to enable them to continue their work through the tough economic environment.  Grants of up to £10,000 have also been awarded to over 600 projects to help them review their work and find ways of becoming more sustainable.
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BHFPatients suffering from high blood pressure who have different readings in each arm have a reduced chance of survival over 10 years, a study has claimed. Results showed a 9% increase in risk of death for every one mmHg difference in blood pressure between arms.
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DUK: Member of the Great British Olympic swimming team and British record holder for the 100m breaststroke, Kate Haywood, launched Diabetes UK’s Swim22 fundraising event in London last week. Swim22 allows swimmers who have always dreamed of tackling a cross-Channel swim to do the next best thing in the comfort of their local swimming pool, by completing 22 miles over 3 months.
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STFC: British army bomb disposal experts from 11 EOD have paid a visit to the Science and Technology Facilities Council’sRutherford Appleton Laboratory after asking to find out more about its world-leading science. 

The visit was part of a goodwill exercise being carried out by the regiment to strengthen relationships across Oxfordshire, allowing organisations to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s work. In return STFC had the opportunity to enthuse a new group of people about its science.
 
During the event 2 cheques were presented by Councillor Phil Hayward to WO1 (RSM) Paul Hands for the Felix Fund a charity that raises money for bomb disposal experts and their families.
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