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Mahomes’ jersey from Rams classic reportedly fetches $36K for charity

FILE PHOTO: Nov 19, 2018; Los Angeles, CA: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) walks off the field after the Chiefs lost to the Los Angeles Rams 54-51 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports Patrick Mahomes may have come out on the losing end in the Kansas Chiefs’ wild shootout with the Los Angeles Rams last month, but one move he made with some memorabilia from that game is certainly a winner. The second-year quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player contender sent the…

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Motability charity boss to go after extra bonus revealed

Image copyright Getty Images The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government’s spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m bonus on top of already “generous” pay. The firm operates the Motability scheme which provides wheelchairs, cars and scooters to the disabled. Mr Bett’s level of pay was described as “obscene” by MP Frank Field. Mr Field, who chairs Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee,…

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Plum marmalade from the heart: Hungarian grandmas’ way of charity

BORDANY, Hungary (Reuters) – The secret of the best plum marmalade is in the heart, according to a group of Hungarian grandmothers who gather each September to cook huge pots of it to raise money for the poorest families in their village. The sun is barely up but around a dozen elderly ladies are already pitting the plums and setting up huge cauldrons in the garden. It will take five to six hours of constant stirring to reach the desired texture. Zsuzsanna Nagy, 65, started the charity project after winning…

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Duchess of Sussex launches Grenfell charity cookbook

Image copyright PA The Duchess of Sussex has launched her first solo charity project as a royal – a cookbook in support of Grenfell families and others. Meghan has written the foreword to a recipe book produced by cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen, based near the tower in west London. The duchess has been working with volunteers there since January. She said she felt “connected” to the project as “a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.” The book, called ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’, includes 50…

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Male domestic abuse: Not enough support for victims, says charity

Image copyright PA Image caption There are not enough safe houses for male domestic abuse victims, according to campaigners Male domestic abuse victims are suffering a lack of support despite a sharp rise in attacks, a charity said. Police in England and Wales recorded 149,248 incidents in 2017 – more than double the number reported in 2012. One charity, the ManKind Initiative, said while a third of domestic abuse victims were men, only 0.8% of refuge beds were reserved for them. The Home Office urged “all victims to come forward…

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Lee Rigby: Charity fundraiser Gary Gardner guilty of two fraud charges

Image copyright PA Image caption Gary Gardner was accused of using some of the money raised to release a “flop” charity song A fundraiser has been convicted of two counts of fraud after pocketing cash collected for the young son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby. Gary Gardner, 56, raised at least £24,000 but only £4,000 made its way to any organisation, a court heard. Leicester Crown Court was told Gardner put on three truck-pull events that were attended by thousands, including Pte Rigby’s widow Rebecca and son Jack. Gardner, of…

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Free childcare scheme ‘closing’ nurseries, education charity says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The parents of more than 340,000 children aged between three and four have benefitted from the free childcare scheme since it started 12 months ago A scheme offering 30 hours of free childcare a week has had a financial impact on providers, a charity says. Since 1 September 2017, most working parents in England have been entitled to the free care for children aged three to four during term time. But the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) said some childcare providers were struggling to remain…

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Don’t release prisoners on Fridays, says Nacro charity

Image copyright PA Prisoners should stop being released on Fridays because it can prove hard for them to access benefits, medication and assistance, campaigners have said. A third of all prisoners in England and Wales are currently freed on a Friday but social justice charity Nacro says it is “often a race against the clock”. Some agencies close early, leaving newly-freed prisoners sleeping rough and at risk of re-offending, it says. The Ministry of Justice confirmed it was examining Friday releases. I’ll quit if jails don’t improve – minister Private…

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Christine Hamilton axed from charity over burka tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Christine Hamilton with her husband, UKIP politician Neil Christine Hamilton has been removed as a charity ambassador after comparing burkas to the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan. The broadcaster and wife of UKIP Welsh Assembly member Neil Hamilton sparked outrage on Twitter with her comments. Muscular Dystrophy UK said it opposed “prejudice and discrimination” and had severed all links with Mrs Hamilton. But she said the tweet was not intended to equate Muslim women with the violent white supremacist organisation. Mrs Hamilton, who…

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