Healthcare and hunting boost UK charity impact

UK-based charities made a bigger impact than usual on November’s NGO Watch table, as domestic issues such as hunting and public health dominated public debates.

Anti-smoking group ASH gained widespread media coverage around the publication of the Government’s proposals for a smoking ban in enclosed public areas in England.

ASH was often cited arguing that the proposals did not go far enough and calling for the ‘unworkable’ proposals to be replaced with a ban on smoking in all workplaces.

Cancer Research UK came in fourth place after lauding the potential value of complementary therapies as cost-effective and beneficial treatments for cancer patients.

Meanwhile, sixth-placed NSPCC has joined other children’s charities in calling for more funds to be devoted to catching and prosecuting internet paedophiles and protecting children from cyber crime.

With the war in Iraq continuing to fuel political debate and the Red Cross launching a scathing attack on both sides of the conflict, the charity maintained a strong hold on the top slot.

Amnesty International regained two places to come second, when it raised concerns about Sri Lanka’s decision to reinstate the death penalty for rape, murder and drug dealing.

It also gained significant coverage when it joined other NGOs to form the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.

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