Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

St Mungo's has called in the agency behind Boris Johnson's mayoral bid to handle its Christmas campaign. InHouse PR will work with the homelessness charity as it attempts to stop donations dipping during the difficult economic period.

The BIG Partnership will handle the PR for the £10m Beatson Pebble Appeal. The agency will handle a fundraising campaign to build the Beatson Translation Research Centre, part of the Glasgow Centre for Cancer Research.

The Lord Mayor's Appeal 2009 has hired Edelman, after a four-way pitch. The firm will promote its year-long fundraising campaign in support of the Lord Mayor's charities.

Sweet Charity, the confectionery industry's charity, has turned to Publicasity to help raise its profile. It wants to make people aware that all past and present employees are eligible for support.

The British Heart Foundation has launched its Food4Thought campaign this week. It will focus on the issue of childhood obesity in the UK.

Merlin, the international medical aid charity, has launched Hands Up for Health Workers, a two-year campaign to address the shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives in developing countries.

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