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On 9 December 2013 - 3:32pm

I just picked up the following extract from the St James Senior School for Girls weekly newsletter where Aishwarya Chidambaram reported the success of their Year 10 Carols with Cake evening organised by the girls in aid of World Child Cancer. I was delighted to be able to attend the event and tell the girls World Child cancer had been selected as the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal. The girls event raised £450 for children with cancer who are suffering in some of the poorest countries in the world.

I can report the cakes were delicious and the singing even more so, truly delicious voices held aloft doing carols and other popular festive fare. A real treat.

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On 3 December 2013 - 11:21pm

Financial Times Seasonal Appeal: First world care for developing nationsBy Shawn Donnan
Big page FT Seasonal Appeal 2013 Myanmar World Child CancerThe FT launches its campaign in support of World Child CancerThe white spots appeared on Than Win Htut’s right eye just a few months after his first birthday. At first, his mother, Su Su Myint, was not too concerned. “I just thought it was normal,” she recalls.Within eight months, however, a milky film had covered the entire eye. The doctor near their village in western Myanmar grew increasingly confused and alarmed about Than Win’s condition. By then it was clear the spots were anything but normal.Today, Than Win, who turned three a week ago, is a regular visitor to the paediatric oncology ...more

On 29 August 2013 - 12:05pm


Here is a blog by my friend, the fabulous lady behind one of the UK's leading family blogs, Family Affairs. The piece is all about World Child Cancer, our up and coming walk in Richmond Park on September 22nd and the muffin recipe you can down load from our website which Lucy did and highly recommends.
http://www.familyaffairsandothermatters.com/chocolate-orange-muffins/comment-page-1/#comment-54018

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On 26 June 2013 - 2:02pm

Counting the social value of social enterpriseSponsored feature Last week's roundtable debated the future growth of spin-outs from the public sector and how participation could be encouragedA teacher working at her deskIt was evident, from the discussion, that staff working in public services, such as education, were not aware of spinning out options Photograph: Alex Mares-MantonI chaired a lively seminar last week, sponsored jointly by the Transition Institute (which is currently residing at the Royal Society of Arts) and the Guardian. The focus was social enterprise spin-outs from ...more

On 3 May 2013 - 2:47pm


As the new ceo of World Child Cancer I have learnt an awful lot about challenge events this week. I had no idea how valuable the fundraising fit folk do is, and what a difference it makes to small charities like World Child Cancer, where a few hundred pounds will save a child's life.

The work World Child Cancer does is unique in that we get cancer diagnosis and therapy to children in parts of the world that are so poor, without us there is next to no chance of ...more

On 30 April 2013 - 6:21pm

Twitter's top trumps: are you the Lady Gaga of social enterprise?I have lifted this piece written by the Guardian's Joe Jervis that has created a league table of active twitterers in the social enterprise world. As the top ranking women (coming a lowly 72) he might be concluding that I am the Lady Gaga of social enterprise. Somehow this seams improbable, unless the emphasis was on the gaga bit, but its a fun piece and I agree about the importance of social media in terms of message, for those of us who love to communicate - you can't beat it! Over to Joe.......Ever wondered how influential you are in the world of social enterprise? Find out whether you've made our list of the top 50 most connected tweetersLady Gaga in Las Vegas



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On 17 April 2013 - 8:45am

Would we have had social enterprise without Margaret Thatcher?Thatcherism taught us that a mixed market in the public sector is the future, and that a 'state or market' debate is outdatedMargaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher – a key figure in the history of the social enterprise movement? Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd./Graham Whitby-Boot/AllstarThere probably aren't many Margaret Thatcher fans among social entrepreneurs, with most attributing the growth of market economics in social arenas to the measures introduced by Tony Blair. But would we have had the Right to Request without de-nationalisation or the Right to Buy?As Ed Miliband said during parliament's tribute sitting, ...more

On 19 March 2013 - 8:42am

Ian Mulheirn tells us the facts demand we  replace "welfare scrounger" rhetoric with action for the young
Have you noticed how the weather is behaving like the economy? Just as we think we are through the worst of it another hard frost is upon us. Down at the allotment we can fleece against the cold, an act that may or may not protect first early potatoes, but for those hit hardest by the recession, weathering the economy is a good deal harder. 
Doing nothing is not an option. Only devastation follows neglect and the growing number of young unemployed people is a ticking time bomb for us all. The disproportionate rise of unemployment for the young is the clearest indicator that recession will continue ...more

On 24 February 2013 - 10:55am

What is a co-operative council? by Ed MayoHaving contributed to the recent publication "Towards a Cooperative Council" alongside other cooperative advocates such as Ed Mayo, the Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, and co-founder of The Transition Institute, I read his recent blog which I really enjoyed and think offers important criteria for assessing what we need to see when we consider cooperative councils. I have therefore, lifted the argument which I hope you agree lends some substance to the growing idea of cooperation in local government.......

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