The Week in Charities

Amnesty International UK has appointed Thea Gray to oversee the PR strategy for its 2008 Secret Policeman's Ball. Fundraiser Gray has worked as an account director at Cake and head of music for Orange UK

Cancer Research UK and Channel 4's 4Talent have launched three anti-smoking films created by teenagers. They are the result of a national competition that asked young people to develop relevant messages for teenagers. The charity hoped that young people could create a more effective message for the audience.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has created a young campaigners' network across England called Trailblazers. It aims to offer opportunities for 16- to 30-year-olds to fight for the rights of disabled people. The network was set up with £250,000 of funding from the youth volunteering charity v.

WWF has launched its own television channel at online environmental television site The conservation charity hopes this will bring campaign and conservation videos to a broader audience.

VSO, the international development charity, is taking 11 MPs to developing countries this summer to teach community groups how to lobby politicians.

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