Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

The Dr Hadwen Trust has signed up Queen guitarist Brian May as a patron of the non-animal medical research charity. May joins existing patrons Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley and David Shepherd.

Clothes Aid set up a one-kilometre clothes line on 14 July in Edinburgh's Inverleith Park, thanks to the Scottish public donating more than 2,000 items of unwanted clothing to hang for charity. All the donated items are to be sold to raise money for Children's Hospice Association Scotland.

Macmillan Cancer Support has produced a short film, called Biggest Thank You, to promote its Biggest Thank You micro-site. It features six people affected by cancer, shot from a webcam, reacting as they read messages of thanks on the microsite received from friends and loved ones.

The Charity Commission has published advice for people who want to support those affected by the drought and severe food shortages in East Africa. In previous appeals, such as the Haiti earthquake and the Japan earthquake and tsunami, people have developed fake appeal websites, with email appeals that falsely use the name of genuine charities, or appeals from fictitious charities.

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