Public sector round-up

Charity: The Meningitis Trust has begun a pre-Christmas campaign to raise funds in 24,800 primary schools. It will send out information packs to schools suggesting how children can raise money for the charity. The charity’s Support for Life appeal was launched by the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, in September to raise £4m over the next two years to fund the charity’s professional support and educational services.

Glasgow: Glasgow City Council will promote its illuminations on the Victoria, Glasgow and George V bridges over the Clyde river from the 30 November. Council leader Charlie Gordon said: ‘These bridge illuminations form an important part of the city’s strategy to bring new life to the Clyde. The river is becoming a place where people work, live and play – and these beautiful displays can only encourage that regeneration process.’

Design: EA Media Consultancy has launched a website design service to help Christian organisations communicate more effectively.

The new bespoke service aims to provide Christian charities, organisations and churches with high-quality websites at below commercial rates. The service will include detailed consultancy and site design.

Charity: Marcoms agency Skybridge is to support muscular dystrophy sufferer and businessman Michael McGrath in his bid to be the first disabled person to reach the north and south poles. The pole2pole event will inaugurate a campaign by the Muscle Help Foundation to generate global awareness and over £1m for research of muscle disorders, including muscular dystrophy.

Lancashire: Lancashire-based Hyndburn Borough Council has been praised for its internal communications and media relations efforts over the past 12 months in a review by consultant PPS. However, PPS account director Richard Evans said: ‘There are some important gaps, such as the absence of an overarching strategy, little direct communication with local residents and low resources.’

Charity: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association organised a train journey in the Severn Valley last week to raise awareness of the work of the body’s volunteer puppy walkers. The Severn Valley Railway’s guide dog express ran from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth carrying the walkers and their puppies. Volunteers teach basic obedience and acclimatise the puppies to home and outdoor environments.

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