Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

- Royal Blind has handed an account to Seventy-Seven PR to promote next year's 200-year anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. The charity runs one of the largest Braille printing presses in the UK. Sventy-Seven PR will run a campaign to raise £2m to upgrade these facilities.

- Medical Aid Films has brought in Captive Minds Communications to launch it to the consumer and trade press and build its profile throughout 2009. The charity produces short films and animations that demonstrate medical procedures that can save lives in the developing world. Captive Minds will target VSO services through niche travel magazines, contract publications and the medical media.

- Plane Stupid, the climate change campaign group, has seen five of its members found guilty of trespassing on House of Commons property. The activists climbed on to the roof in February in protest against the proposed third runway at Heathrow. They were fined up to £350.

- The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has begun a campaign to persuade the Government that fundraising is a valid volunteering activity. The body is concerned a drop in resources may lead to a drop in the number of fundraisers at a time when charities need income.

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