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Did Banksy paint Llanelli rat on charity shop wall?

Image caption Blink and you’ll miss it… the rat was painted on a wall beneath a shop sign a decade ago, it is claimed A sheet of protective plastic has been placed over graffiti showing a rat holding a cigarette as council officials determine if it could be a work by artist Banksy. Llanelli mayor David Darkin has sent images to the art dealer who bought Banksy’s design Season’s Greetings, painted on a garage in Port Talbot. “It’s better to have it protected in case it is a Banksy,” said…

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Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Image copyright Submitted picture Image caption After Gabriel was born 15 weeks premature, his mum had to leave her job Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said. Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss and BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates, 77% said they were not given enough time off. One in 10 parents had to leave their job as a result of their baby’s stay in hospital, the…

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Tiger deaths: Charity calls for zoo regulation reform

Image copyright PA Image caption Female tiger Melati was killed last week by potential mate, Asim, during their first introduction The deaths of two tigers at UK zoos in the last week shows why a “centralised licensing” programme is needed, an animal charity has said. A female tiger at London Zoo was killed by a potential mate and another died after tigers fought at a safari park. The Born Free Foundation says the zoo licensing currently overseen by local authorities has “differences in understanding and application”. The zoo trade body…

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Deaf children fall behind at school, says charity

Image caption Daniel’s mum, Ann, says extra support is key to academic success for deaf pupils Deaf children in England are falling behind their classmates from primary school through to GCSE, analysis by the National Deaf Children’s Society shows. Only 30.6% achieve a GCSE strong pass – Grade 5 or above – in both English and maths, compared with 48.3% of children with no special educational needs. And 57% fail to reach expected levels in reading, writing and maths in Sats tests at the end of primary, compared with 26%…

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Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Image copyright Science Photo Library Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says. Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms. NHS screening often starts at the age of 40 for women with a family history. Baroness Delyth Morgan, the charity’s chief executive, said earlier tests could be “an enormous breakthrough”. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Manchester, offered…

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Marie Kondo: Are charity shops feeling the effect?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe world-famous tidying wizard visited Woman’s Hour in 2017 “We normally see an increase in donations in January, but this year it’s been incredible,” says Oya Altinbas, who manages Sue Ryder’s Camden branch. She says the shop is getting 30 large bags a day – double what it would normally expect – with many donors referencing Marie Kondo’s Netflix series on de-cluttering your home as their inspiration. The “KonMari” method encourages owners to discard items which no longer “spark joy”, promising a…

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Pregnant Meghan laughs off ‘fat lady’ comment on charity visit

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets “Foxy” during a visit to the animal welfare charity Mayhew in London, Britain, January 16, 2019. Eddie Mulholland/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – A stranger’s comment on one’s growing stomach may not always be welcome but a pregnant Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, took it all in her stride on Wednesday when a pensioner called her “a fat lady”. Prince Harry’s wife, who told well-wishers this week she is six months pregnant, laughed off the remark, meant as a compliment about her growing baby bump.…

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Stone-throwing boys join Santa sleigh charity as apology

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Weston’s Santa Sleigh raises money for local charities Three boys who threw stones at a charity Santa sleigh ride have made amends by helping the fundraisers they had targeted. The route through Weston-super-Mare was cut short after the youngsters persistently hit the sleigh. The attack was met with condemnation on the fundraisers’ Facebook page. Youth workers who saw the publicity to catch the culprits came forward with names and arranged for the boys to help fundraisers by way of apology. The group’s organiser Linda…

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LadBaby’s charity sausage roll song pulls off Christmas chart upset

Image copyright Official Charts Company Image caption LadBaby celebrates his number one with wife Roxanne and children Koby and Phoenix YouTube star LadBaby has pulled off a festive upset by winning the race to this year’s Christmas number one spot. The UK blogger – real name Mark Hoyle – has reached pole position with a cover of Starship’s We Built This City called We Built This City… On Sausage Rolls. The charity single, in aid of food bank network The Trussell Trust, beat Ava Max and Ariana Grande to the…

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Charity Commission investigating Kick It Out over staff welfare

Kick it Out’s founder Lord Ouseley has announced he is to step down as chairman The Charity Commission is investigating football’s anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out after concerns were raised about staff welfare. Based in London and funded by the Football Association, Football League, Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association, Kick It Out currently has 17 employees. On Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported that 10 members of staff have left since the start of 2016 because of an alleged poor working environment at the charity. On Wednesday, the newspaper claimed…

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