Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

Diabetes UK is set to launch a PR drive later this year to gain greater visibility as part of its campaign to get a 'better deal for children'.

The campaign will focus on care for those with the condition, as well as spreading awareness of early diagnosis for Type 2 diabetes.

Macmillan Cancer Support has shaken up its in-house comms team. The charity has promoted Lynda Thomas to be director of fundraising, with Hilary Cross taking the role of director of external affairs. Emma Guise has been drafted in from Shelter as head of media.

The Duchess of CambridgE has selected four charities for patronage.

She will now be patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the Art Room, the National Portrait Gallery and Action on Addiction.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has appointed a UK spokesman. Former Reuters global editor for politics and international affairs Sean Maguire will aim to raise awareness of the ICRC's humanitarian work across the globe.

Clearsilver Marketing has been called in by breast cancer support charity The Haven to handle its PR activities. Clearsilver has previously handled PR for The Haven in Yorkshire and was invited to pitch for the national brief with four other agencies.

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