Cot death charity raises doubts over baby boxes

Cot death charity raises doubts over baby boxes

A cot death charity has raised doubts over the benefits of Finnish-style baby boxes, which infants can sleep in. Issuing new advice to parents, The Lullaby Trust said there was no evidence baby boxes reduced the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The cardboard box, filled with baby products and a mattress, can itself be used as a bed, and has been given to new parents by some NHS trusts. The charity said its…

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Grenfell Tower charity single released

Grenfell Tower charity single released

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has been released. Stars including Stormzy, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Liam Payne recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water to help raise money for those affected. The cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic, also featuring Craig David and Skepta, was organised by Simon Cowell. At least 79 people are now missing, presumed dead, following the fire in west London a week ago….

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London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

Stars including Emeli Sande, Pixie Lott, and Stormzy have gathered to record a Grenfell Tower charity single. The cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit Bridge Over Troubled Water was organised by Simon Cowell. Other stars including Rita Ora and Leona Lewis recorded parts for the song on Saturday. Sande said: “It’s really inspiring to see people come together. It gives you hope in humanity.” ‘It’s an honour’ Cowell, who lives in the same London borough…

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Simon Cowell plans Grenfell charity single

Simon Cowell plans Grenfell charity single

Simon Cowell has said he intends to record a charity single to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. “We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy,” the pop impresario wrote on Thursday. Cowell, who lives in the same London borough as the now burnt-out tower, called the blaze “heartbreaking”. It is not yet known which acts will appear on the single…

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Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector staff are more likely to feel anxious at work and take sick days for their mental health than those in the private sector, research suggests. The charity Mind asked 12,000 UK employees about their mental health. It found 48% in the public sector took time off for their well-being, compared with 32% in the private sector. Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive, called on organisations to combat a “culture of fear and silence in…

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Brain Tumour Charity cautious about Italy mobile phone ruling

Brain Tumour Charity cautious about Italy mobile phone ruling

The Brain Tumour Charity has said there is insufficient scientific evidence linking mobile phone use with brain tumours, following a court ruling. The Italian court, in Ivrea, agreed that a man’s brain tumour was linked to his mobile phone use. It awarded Robert Romero 500 euros (£418/$ 535) a month in compensation. He had claimed that using his business mobile phone for three or four hours a day, over a period of 15 years, led…

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Row as tampon tax cash goes to anti-abortion charity Life

Row as tampon tax cash goes to anti-abortion charity Life

A £250,000 grant to an anti-abortion group – using money raised from the tax on sanitary products – has been criticised. MPs and campaign groups said it was wrong that Life received one of the largest amounts from the government fund that comes from the 5% VAT on tampons and towels. Life said the money supported a project for homeless pregnant women in London. The government said the latest £12m of funding benefitted 70 UK…

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Charity criticises Viagogo over Ed Sheeran ticket sales

Charity criticises Viagogo over Ed Sheeran ticket sales

Secondary ticketing site Viagogo has been strongly criticised for re-selling tickets to Ed Sheeran’s charity gig. The sell-out concert was raising money for the Teenager Cancer Trust, but second-hand tickets have been advertised for up to £5,000. Campaigners have accused the company of “moral repugnance”. “The only people who should profit from Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall are young people with cancer,” the charity says on its site. It says buyers’ ID…

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