The Week in Charities - 17 July

The CIPR Excellence Awards 2009 last week saw Action for Children, British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal British Legion, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the Energy Retail Association all win awards. Voluntary sector campaigns won nearly a third of all the awards.

Greenpeace head of media Ben Stewart last week climbed the chimney of a coal plant in Venice to demand the G8 leaders act on climate change. He was one of 15 activists who unfurled banners reading 'G8: Take climate leadership' and 'Energy revolution = green jobs'.

The National Trust has used Forster to design a campaign to get children and their families to enjoy 'the great outdoors'. The campaign will use more than 1,000 live events to encourage people to visit National Trust properties.

Cancer Research UK has launched its first brand comms campaign in two years. 'Bad Day' centres on real people, their personal stories and why they support CRUK. The PR strategy is to get these stories into the press.

CharityComms is launching an individual membership scheme for comms staff in the charity sector. Previously only organisations could become members.

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