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GIL GARCETTI ANNOUNCES ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR “WELLS BRING HOPE”, THE CHARITY HE INSPIRED. IT IS COMMITTED TO SAVING LIVES WITH SAFE WATER IN THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

Philanthropist Stanley Black opens the gates to his legendary Holmby Hills estate to help Wells Bring Hope raise money to drill wells and bring safe water to the people of Niger, West Africa.

Gil Garcetti, and founder Barbara Goldberg, announced today that Wells Bring Hope’s annual fundraiser will be held on September 21, 2014, 3-6 p.m., at the home of philanthropist Stanley Black.

It will include live and silent auctions, live music, delicious food, wine and an exotic iced tea bar. The cost is $150.00 per person, fully tax deductible. 100% of all donations will be used to drill safe water wells in Niger. Founded in 2008, “ Wells Bring Hope” has raised close to $2 million and drilled 281 wells.

In Niger, the poorest country in the world…

•  44% earn less than $1.25 a day

•  61% have no access to clean water

•  96% have no access to sanitation

•  85% of women cannot read or write

“It is the women and girls who suffer the most because they are responsible for getting the water, water that often causes death and disease. When a well is drilled, girls go to school and we give women microfinance tools to start small businesses. It puts an end to the downward spiral of poverty,” said Gil Garcetti.

“One out of 7 children dies before their fifth birthday. When a well is drilled, child mortality is reduced by 70 per cent and lives are transformed for generations to come,” said Founder Barbara Goldberg.

For more information: info@wellsbringhope.org

To purchase tickets: www.biddingforgood.com/wellsbringhope and click on “Order Tickets” under “Live Event” on right.

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Contact:
Kate Cusimano
802-233-6254
Kate@wellsbringhope.org

Media contact: Jane Sparango
310-339-1214
jane@wellsbringhope.org
www.wellsbringhope.org

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Internet Entrepreneurs Strive For Real Affordable HealthCare

Even with insurance, Steve Barnes’ medical bills now total in the 100,000s of dollars and growing. He is currently institutionalized because insurance will not cover life saving medication if he was home.

Repeatably Steve has had to make decisions that have hampered his recovery because of cost. Basic treatment has been denied because of his inability to pay upfront ($1600 per day).

Steve has already been through 6 brain surgeries with the promise of at least two more. He is struggling with debilitating pain, blood clots, and multiple infections.

A group of heart centered entrepreneurs want to ease the stress the growing medical bills are causing and have created an unbelievable gift pack for anyone willing to make a minimum donation to ease Steve’s financial burden.

By working together we can do what the Affordable Health Care Act has failed to accomplish. We can get Steve the care he needs

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To learn more and to collect your gift pack visit…
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T.R. Threston’s KIVA group hits $10,000 loan mark

Travel writer and World Guide Publishing CEO, T.R. “Tina” Threston, is well known and respected for her written work, but, she is also becoming widely known for her charity and philanthropic work. Yesterday, October 1, 2013, Threston’s KIVA team reached a milestone by hitting the $10,000 mark in mirco-loans. (The KIVA mirco-loan program allows individuals to provide loans directly to entrepreneurs like you around the globe.)

 

T.R. Threston’s KIVA team was formed in February, 2012, and, has 250 members. During that time the team has made 398 loans in the agriculture, education, food, retail, service and clothing sectors in countries such as Bolivia, Vietnam, Kenya and Georgia.

When asked about the hitting the milestone yesterday Threston said “It has truly been a team effort, and, every single person in the program deserves recognition for their participation.” She went on to say “I’m just impressed that so many people on my KIVA team are so dedicated, and, many of them lend on a monthly or even weekly basis, and, I believe that is how we achieved this milestone so quickly.”

To learn more about KIVA or to join T.R. Threston’s KIVA team please visit: http://www.kiva.org/team/tr_threstons_team/impact

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King and Co To Help Create Felsted School 450th Anniversary Project

Essex’s leading tree nursery has announced its involvement in an exciting school project, which has been launched recently to mark a huge milestone for one of the region’s most historic independent schools.

Paul King, director of Rayne-based firm King and Co, will be helping Felsted School celebrate its 450th anniversary next year by contributing to a monumental on-site living sculpture. As a highly regarded tree specialist, Mr King is something of a celebrity within the local horticultural community, having been awarded Gold at Chelsea 2012 for his design of a Formula 1-themed garden at the world-renowned Flower Show. He also appeared on The One Show and filmed with Alan Titchmarsh and Christine Walkden in 2012.

Work has already begun on the cutting edge piece, which is intended to be a key visual element of the school’s festivities and as such will feature forty five Himalayan Birch trees. Each of the trees has been kindly donated by King and Co and is intended to represent a decade of the school’s rich history. All have now been planted to ensure they are established in time for the upcoming celebrations.

The designer behind the ambitious sculpture, Felsted School’s very own Arts co-ordinator David Smith, has made it clear to the local press that he wants this stunning piece of art to “embody the ethos and philosophy of Felsted” by acting as a“curtain of colour and movement” throughout all seasons. He hopes that the end sculpture will symbolise many features of the school and will enthral both staff and students for many generations to come.

Both the science and art departments at the school will be held responsible for the sculpture’s development. Biology teacher Mandy Bonnett and a group of Felsted’s International Baccalaureate student scientists will be working diligently throughout the next few months to ensure the project is on target for completion in early 2014.

Aside from this mammoth development, Paul will also be helping Felsted pupils design a garden to be shown at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which will take place from 21 -25th May.

King and Co is the leading supplier of large semi-mature trees, shrubs and evergreens in Essex. The company’s tree nursery in Rayne boasts over 2000 containerised plants encompassing hundreds of different species. To browse some of the extensive range of trees available onsite, or to contact the sales and aftercare team at King and Co, please visit the company’s website.

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Foster Care Associates recognises young carer

Foster Care Associates has recognised the efforts of a young carer from the Vale of Glamorgan for the difference he makes to the lives of the children and young people his family fosters.

FCA.jpg (164×88)After being nominated by his mum, Rachel, and his dad, Mark, Jamie, 12, won ‘Young Carer of the Year’ at the annual Foster Care Associates (FCA) Achievement Awards. The family has been fostering with FCA Cymru for three years.

Rachel explained that she had nominated Jamie because of the way he has wholeheartedly accepted the work they do, giving up his free time to support them in caring for the children they look after.

Rachel said: “I’m so proud of Jamie. I think his experience of fostering has made him a very independent, mature and selfless young man. My daughter, Charlie who’s 16, is also incredibly patient with the children we look after.”

Jamie has taken fostering in his stride and explains how looking after vulnerable children is a family affair.

Jamie said: “Mum hadn’t told me she’d nominated me, so I was really surprised to win the award and it felt good to be chosen.

“I’m happy to help mum and dad whenever they need it. When a foster child joins our family I try and make sure they feel welcome, as they are sometimes shy at first.”

It is essential for anyone thinking about fostering as a career to be able to communicate with children and make them feel at home, due to the fact that many looked after children have had a tough start in life and need the support that a caring family can provide. Fostering is a normal part of life for many birth children, requiring the whole family to work together to look after the children who stay with them.

Birth children are the unsung heroes of fostering, and are often integral to maintaining stability within the foster family. They act as a role model and friend to the vulnerable youngsters who stay with them, ensuring the children settle in quickly and feel welcome in the family home. Recognising that fostering affects the whole family, FCA Cymru ensures that birth children are involved in every activity and have their voices heard.

Jamie wasn’t the only one to receive an award, many other young people received recognition for their hard work at the ceremony held by FCA Cymru.

Victor Thomas, regional manager for FCA Cymru commented: “Jamie is an outstanding young man with a positive attitude and a mature head on his shoulders. He won the award because he is always happy to help care for the little ones, never complains when he has to share his parents’ attention and has given up his free time to help paint and decorate rooms for youngsters in care.

“Congratulations Jamie, you’ve done us all proud and you really deserved the recognition.”

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Be a Warrior for Chief

Warriors for Chief! “For the Love of a Horse” is collaborating with Georgia Equine Advocates of North Georgia to raise funds for lifesaving surgery for “Chief” a 13 year old Appaloosa rescue horse who has a severe condition called “Osteoarthritis” in his right front pastern. Chief struggles to walk and is essentially three-legged lame. Because of his chronic pain, without the surgery, Chief would have to be euthanized.

Can you say CRAZY?

In this down economy, it is indeed a huge undertaking for anyone, much less little non-profit organizations such as us to raise the estimated $10,000 for Chief’s surgery, isn’t it? All that money for a horse, you say? Well, who is to say that Chief isn’t as deserving as any other horse in need of our help? This is the mission of “For the Love of a Horse” …our way of giving back to the horses who, have throughout history and now given us so much in return. It is because of their beauty, their grace and their loyalty that we champion for them when no one else will.

“For the Love of a Horse” is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax exempt organization comprised of volunteers. We are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines, specifically those with critical-care medical needs who would otherwise be euthanized. Our mission is to provide these equines with a second chance at life and companionship. We also educate the public, through our “Community Outreach Program”, on respect for all animal life and the importance of compassion, commitment and responsibility. Just take a look at how the horses we’ve helped, like Chief, who are giving back to your community by looking at our Community Outreach Program on our website…the pictures say it all.

Please help us, help them! Be a part of the effort to save Chief’s life by contributing to the “Warriors for Chief” Fund at:

FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE

P.O. Box 1526
Roswell, GA 30077
www.fortheloveofahorse.org 
TEL: 678.685.1526

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Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back Sponsors Cardon Children’s Hospital

Robison Orthodontics has announced it will be buying back Halloween Candy from all East Valley Arizona Banner Health Employees at $2.00 a pound and then matching the total candy purchased at $2.00 a pound for their donation to the Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

As a special treat to the U.S. service men and women overseas, all the Halloween Candy we buy back from the AZ Banner Health Employees will be donated to, and shipped bywww.packagefromhome.com, a Phoenix based non-profit organization that coordinates the distribution of our Halloween Candy to our troops overseas.

According to Robison Orthodontics’ Office Manager Kris Kellis, “this year will be our eighth annual candy-buy-back donation drive and we’re all excited about our first collaborative sponsorship supporting the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. We’re hoping this will drive other Banner Health local Community Organizations to do the same.

Last year, we raised a total of $4,000 for several Mesa and Gilbert Schools, and the 2,000 pounds of candy we bought back was donated to our troops serving overseas. This year we expect to make it a Banner Year with our Arizona Banner Health Employee participation”.

How The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back works

After the trick or treating is finished, children can bring their candies to the Robison Orthodontics Mesa and Gilbert office locations:

• 1355 S. Higley Road Suite 105, Gilbert
• 1635 N. Greenfield Road Suite 103, Mesa

The child or children must be present to receive their cash payment and Candy contribution will be limited to four pounds per employee, and eight pounds limit per family, details can be viewed on our Mesa Orthodontist website” says Kris.

When Banner Health Employees Can Bring In Their Halloween Candy.

The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy buy back event takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 8:00 am through to 5:00 pm.

“This is one of the ways we have decided on giving back to our host community of Mesa, Arizona,” says Kris, who considers this event a charitable one that’s turning candies into a financial contribution to support the Cardon Children’s Medical Center, and also bring a little sweet treat to our US soldiers serving overseas.

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Foster Care Associates supports local charities

Foster Care Associates (FCA) has boosted funds for local charities after raising over one thousand pounds at a summer fun day.

The leading Isle of Wight fostering agency donated almost £600 at the end of August to both the Barely Born Appeal at St Mary’s hospital in Newport and Face 2 Face, a befriending service for parents with disabled children, delivered by Scope. The welcome donation was raised as a result of cake sales, raffles and a variety of games held at a family fun day for the agency’s many foster families and looked after children.

FCA provides support for foster carers and looked after children in many ways, one of which is through organising events and activities for its foster carers, their families and the young people in their care. These include football tournaments and local fund raising events which raise much-needed funds to support deserving causes such as the Barely Born Appeal and Face 2 Face service which strive to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Events are organised not only for the purpose of raising money but also bringing foster carers and looked after children together for fun social activities, encouraging them to get involved with others in the community.

Diane Le Moignan, regional manager for FCA South, commented: “FCA is committed to supporting local charities and projects that make a real difference to families within the community, so I’m thrilled to pass on the generous donation made by FCA staff and foster carers.

“The on-going fundraising by carers and the FCA team demonstrates how passionate they are about the work they do to support vulnerable children and families. FCA foster carers come from all walks of life but they are all enthusiastic, patient and compassionate people.”

The Barely Born fund supports families with babies in the intensive care unit of St Mary’s neonatal ward.

Annie Hunter, Head of Midwifery at the hospital, said: “We are delighted that Barely Born was chosen by Foster Care Associates and we are hoping to use the donation on updating a garden area adjacent to the unit for all the families who use our services.”

Scope is a national charity supporting disabled children and adults, and their families.

FCA is continually looking to recruit more carers that can make a difference to the lives of vulnerable youngsters in care. Foster carers come from all backgrounds, but the qualities they share above all are patience, resilience and a positive outlook.

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Rural Retreat Depot Foundation Secures Long Term Lease

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, sits on land belonging to the Town of Rural Retreat, VA. The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is raising money to purchase and restore the depot building, and now it has firm ground to stand on.

“Signing this lease for the depot land was critical to our efforts to not only raise money for the building purchase, but also to procure grants for the renovation” said Charles Miller, President of the Depot Foundation; “The Foundation greatly appreciates this valuable contribution by the Town, and we hope it will encourage donations towards our building fund”.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Virginia Tennessee Railroad Depot in the 1850’s, effectively relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a Norfolk and Western passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. The depot building was sold to a private party but the land under the depot was donated to the Town by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Depot Foundation now has agreement for the land and hopes to raise the necessary funds to buy the building by October of this year.

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Rural Retreat Depot in Final Acquisition Phase

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, is about to be spared the bulldozer if the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is successful in raising $90,000 by October 1, 2012 to purchase it from its current owner. Railroad buffs and fans of O. Winston Link’s works are encouraged to donate to save the depot.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Norfolk and Western Depot in the 1800’s, essentially relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. For the past 50 years the depot has been used by local businesses as a warehouse and has gone into disrepair.

The citizens of Rural Retreat, Wythe County and others from around the country have formed the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving and restoring the depot. “The Town of Rural Retreat is delighted to have the Foundation working on behalf of the depot. The depot is the centerpiece of Rural Retreat and we look forward to its restoration,” said Tim Litz, Mayor of Rural Retreat. The restoration plans will focus on history, learning and community activities.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax free donations for the acquisition of the depot. Following the acquisition a variety of grants will be sought for the restoration, complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website atwww.ruralretreatdepot.org, or send your check to

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

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Core Children’s Services Develops Bespoke Education Packages

Core Children’s Services, one of the leading national providers of children’s services, has launched a wide range of its bespoke education packages for academies, schools and teachers within the education sector.

Core Children’s Services offers tailor-made educational support programmes to children and young people in order to improve their academic achievements, school attendance and behaviour. Support is delivered in the form of training programmes for staff working with young people as well as offering targeted intervention programmes to help raise attendance.

Core Children’s Services also offers one to one support as a real alternative to exclusion. Our programmes extend to parenting programmes enabling families to develop their parenting skills.

The services offered also include alternative provisions for disabled children which have been developed in response to the Aiming High for Disabled Children Agenda and extended to support the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulation 2011. It continues to support the families of disabled children by means of a “no size fits all” policy with regards to personalising education.

Some of the areas the educational packages can help to support include attendance issues and behavioural problems as well as offering family support and parenting programmes. These are tailored to meet the individual needs of children, their family as well as the teaching staff.

By delivering education services to young people through an evidence-based, flexible approach, Core Children’s Services believe they can improve the social skills, interaction and personal development of the young people who can benefit from the extra support that these programmes deliver.

It is hoped that by bringing these resources into schools, vulnerable children such as those in fostering will benefit.

Education programmes can promote literacy, numeracy and can also assist with the effects of bullying on behaviour which may restrict children from achieving their full potential.

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Dayton Cosmetic Dentist Sponsors: Beyond Our Doors-Crayon To Classrooms

Do you remember the school field trips you took as a child? Remember how they were fun, an adventure and often inspiring. The DDC recently took a field trip to a local elementary school supported by Dayton’s Crayons to Classrooms. We shared our knowledge of dentistry and excellent oral health care with these wonderful children. We were so inspired and they were so enthusiastic…it was truly heartwarming. And guess what? When we were finished all of them raised their hands and wanted to become dentists and dental hygienists!!

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is a free store for teachers from under-funded K-12 schools that serve children living in poverty in Ohio’s Miami Valley. In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk children’s level and love of learning by collecting and distributing donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom. Teachers from eligible schools are invited to “shop” for what they need in our retail-style free store in the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley building in Dayton, Ohio. http://www.dc2c.org/index.htm

Dayton Dental Collaborative also supports the store by donating 300 children’s oral care kits with fun instructions, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the store annually.

P.S. We will be gathering school supplies for DC2C starting in July!

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National Trust Heritage Gardens Benefit From Major New Plant Conservation Centre

Rare plants from National Trust gardens across the country will be propagated at a new Plant Conservation Centre that will improve the way one of the most important plant collections in the UK is cared for.

Opened by international plantsman Roy Lancaster, the new 2.5 acre facility at a secret East Devon location will bring together plant propagation facilities, plant collection management expertise and facilities for training National Trust staff on all aspects of caring for the important plants in the gardens they look after.

The opening of the new facilities comes at a time when the spread of new plant diseases in the UK, in particular ‘Phytophthora ramorum’ which causes Sudden Oak Death, have required an acceleration of emergency propagation to ensure the survival of threatened specimens and the supply of disease-free replacements.

The £700,000 Centre’s immediate focus will be to build on existing plant conservation work at Knightshayes Court, also in Devon, to help staff and volunteers record and identify the special plants that require priority propagation at National Trust gardens throughout the country.

Mike Calnan, Head of Gardens at the National Trust, said: “The National Trust’s portfolio of plants is of immense importance and is one of the most significant collections in the UK.

“The aesthetic, historic and botanical value of the plants is what makes the gardens we look after so special and give pleasure to more than 12 million visitors each year.

“This is the most important plant conservation initiative from the National Trust for more than 60 years and will have a legacy for decades to come.”

The charity cares for over 20 major collections of trees and shrubs including thirty National Plant Collections and hundreds of plants that were first raised or collected in the wild around the globe and planted in National Trust gardens over past centuries.

Roy Lancaster said: “The new Plant Conservation Centre is a hugely important development for the National Trust, creating for the first time a single facility dedicated to the vital work of conserving the important plants in its properties.”

In addition to the Centre’s work for the National Trust, a new bespoke propagation service for major private plant collection owners will be offered for the first time.

Propagation services are also available to Trust countryside properties wishing to save or bulk-up rare native species.

The National Trust gardeners who will be working at the Centre recently propagated and helped save over 300 old Cornish apple varieties now successfully established in the ‘Mother orchard’ at Cotehele in Cornwall.

Charlie Port, who worked for the National Trust at Knightshayes and is now one of the volunteers that will be working at the new Centre, said: “Working in the propagation unit is extremely rewarding.

“I’ve been involved with propagating plants for the Trust for 25 years now and during that time we’ve had thousands of successes.

“I get huge satisfaction from the idea that some of the plants I have handled will be around for hundreds of years to come.”

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FCA Helps Heroes At Local Spring Jamboree

FCA, the UK’s leading Independent Fostering Agency, held a spring event at its North East regional office in Chester-le-Street at the end of March to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity which was set up in 2007 to assist persons who are currently serving or who have served in the armed forces along with their dependants.

Over 80 people attended the jamboree including FCA staff, foster carers and looked after children. A selection of stalls including traditional cake sales, auctions, a raffle and tombola were available at the event which raised around £600 for the Help for Heroes charity.

Taking the opportunity to thank foster carers for their on-going dedication, FCA proudly presented long service awards to carers who have been with the agency for five and ten years consecutively.

Mick Austin, Area Manager for FCA North East was really pleased with the turnout on the day and said: “There was a real atmosphere at the event and the generosity and enthusiasm of staff and foster carers encapsulates the spirit of the North East team.

“We hold a jamboree twice a year and it’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the hard work of foster carers and the positive outcomes they achieve with the children and young people they look after.”

Events like this one in the North East serve to support awareness of fostering as a potential career for those who can offer their home and a sense of security to a vulnerable child or young person in need. With a current national shortage of foster carers in the UK reaching 10,000, recruitment of foster carers is an important step towards improving the outcomes of looked after children and young people.

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National Trust Appoints 18 Feet & Rising As Lead Creative Agency

The National Trust is to work with agency 18 Feet & Rising as its lead creative partner, following a competitive pitch process.

The brief is to develop an overarching brand strategy that helps deliver the Trust’s core charitable purpose – looking after special places for ever, for everyone – whilst broadening the charity’s appeal.

The Trust has performed well through the economic downturn, seeing record visitor numbers of 19 million in 2011 and reaching four million members last autumn, but the charity knows the brand can extend its relevance and appeal to more people.

18 Feet & Rising will be at the forefront of evolving perceptions of the Trust, opening up conversations with new and existing audiences and facilitating experiences between people and the places that are special to them.

Clare Mullin, Director of Brand & Marketing at National Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with 18 Feet & Rising as our lead creative agency.

“They clearly understand our strategic priorities and have shown that they can help make the Trust relevant today through their strategy and creative.

“They’ve really challenged us and we’re excited by the work we can do with them going forwards.”

Jonathan Trimble, Managing Partner at 18 Feet & Rising, said: “It’s fantastic to be working with such a special organisation. The Trust has a unique role in terms of the country’s relationships with special places.

“It gives us the chance to bring our creativity to bear in unique ways with unique people.”

First steps for 18 Feet & Rising will be to develop the brand strategy, working across the Trust’s 5,000 staff and the 62,000 people who assist with the Trust’s volunteer projects to express the brand in an authentic and joined-up way. They’ll also take on the challenge of developing the Trust’s 2013 national campaign.

Throughout the pitch, the National Trust has been supported by pitch consultancy Agency Insight.

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National Trust’s Director-General to step down

The National Trust has announced that Fiona Reynolds has decided to leave the charity after more than 11 years as Director-General.

Fiona is to take up her duties as Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, in the autumn of 2013 – the first woman to be elected Master in the College’s history.

She said: “As a graduate of Cambridge I am thrilled to be going back to head one of its finest colleges.

“I have loved every minute leading the National Trust and working with our passionate and dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters.

“I am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved in the last 11 years.

“There is no organisation like it and I will miss it terribly. But it is time to allow someone else an opportunity to make their mark.”

Fiona has overseen a period of transformational change at the National Trust, reconnecting the organisation with its original founding purpose, and infusing it with warmth and liveliness.

Membership hit four million last year from 2.7 million in 2001, and visitor numbers to the Trust’s 300 properties reached 19 million from 10 million a decade ago. Volunteer numbers have also doubled, with 62,000 people involved last year.

From her earliest days at the Trust Fiona pioneered an ‘arms open’ approach to conservation, bringing expert work out from behind closed doors to take place in front of visitors, now an integral part of the Trust’s programme to bring places to life.

Property acquisitions have included the vast Victorian Gothic Tyntesfield and its estate near Bristol, Vanbrugh’s Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, the ‘back-to-back’ terraced houses in Birmingham, John Lennon’s boyhood home in Liverpool and the quirky home of Kenyan-born poet Khadambi Asalache in Wandsworth.

These acquisitions have been part of a concerted focus on social and community relevance for the Trust, recently underlined by the long-term lease taken out on Tredegar House in South East Wales.

As a geographer and walker with a passionate interest in landscape, she has systematically added to the 617,000 acres of countryside under the Trust’s care.

During this time she has championed the importance of access to the outdoors and nature for people’s wellbeing and promoted local and seasonal food with a drive to create 1,000 new allotments on National Trust land.

Most recently, this included the acquisition of the 617-acre Llyndy Isaf estate near Snowdon after a public appeal raised £1 million in seven months from 20,000 donors.

She has overseen a restructure of the governance of the charity, from a 52-member Council to a 12-member Board of Trustees, as well as two major internal restructures which have strengthened and localised the organisation.

While maintaining the Trust’s strict party-political neutrality, Fiona has championed its conservation principles, most recently leading the charge against proposed changes to the planning framework which, she warned, would bias planning towards excessive building in the countryside.

Fiona, 53, will continue in her post at the National Trust until her successor is in place. She plans to use the interval between leaving and moving to Cambridge in September 2013 to write a book about her years at the Trust.

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The Co-operative Approach Raises Ethical Bar Yet Again

As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Co-operatives, the UK’s biggest mutually owned business yesterday (16 February) demonstrated how its longer term approach has enabled it to raise the ethical bar yet again.

The Co-operative Group’s latest ethical plan, first launched 12 months ago as the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history, shows how many of the original targets, particularly in relation to environmental issues, have been achieved well ahead of schedule.

The new plan shows that in the past 12 months The Co-operative has seen:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions reduce by a massive 35%, and water consumption is down by 20%
• Lending of £700 million has been progressed to green energy projects
• Pressure groups have ranked The Co-operative as leader in areas such as pesticides, palm oil, sustainable fish and forest stewardship
• A million new customer members have joined
• Support for a new community initiative in the UK every hour of every day
• 700 co-operative enterprises have been helped to grow and prosper
• 70% of developing world products that can be Fairtrade will be Fairtrade by end March

This year’s Plan contains 53 commitments and, in order to ensure that The Co-operative continues to be the UK’s most socially responsible business, includes the following:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 50% by 2020, and water consumption will be reduced by 30% by 2014
• £17m will be invested in support of co-operative development
• The number of schools active in our Green schools Revolution will be doubled to 6,000
• To improve the safety of Britain’s roads, young drivers will be rewarded with premium discounts worth £20m
• A new campaign will be launched with Oxfam to champion small-holder farmers and co-operatives, and the role they can play in feeding the world sustainably
• 30,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world will be facilitated by the year end Group Chief Executive Peter Marks said: “Despite the economic downturn we have remained true to our pledge to show the way on corporate responsibility.

“The one million new members we now have bears testimony to the continued support we have had from our customers. It also helps that the savings that result from our environmental efficiency initiatives, nearly £40m a year, are being ploughed back into the business to reduce costs.

“Our work in the communities in and around our stores is going from strength to strength. Amazingly, the average person in the UK is now only a mile away from a community project that has received our support.

“Abroad, we have continued to lead the way on tackling global poverty. Our new partnership with Oxfam is particularly timely given it’s the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. Smallholder farmers and co-operatives already help feed a third of the world, with a little more help they can help us rise to the challenge of how to feed sustainably the extra two billion that will be on the planet by 2050.”

Jonathon Porritt , Founder Director of Forum for the Future, said: “The UK’s energy economy has been profoundly weakened by an over-dependence on the big energy companies and inconsistencies in both policy and regulation.

“Despite all that, community energy schemes are at last coming into their own, and the very substantial support now promised to community energy by The Co-operative has the potential to transform this hugely exciting sector. If you want to see what the ‘green economy’ looks like in practice, look no further.”

Oxfam Chief Executive, Barbara Stocking said: “Oxfam and The Co-operative’s new campaigning partnership will shine a spotlight on the crucial role that small farmers and co-operatives play in global food production. It’s morally indefensible that 1 billion people currently go hungry every day; increased international investment in co-operatives and small farmers, especially women, who produce the majority of the world’s food, would help to tackle this injustice and ensure a future where everyone always has enough to eat.”

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Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh NC Spa and Laser Hair Removal Center Donates $107,000.00 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County

Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh laser hair removal center, donates $108,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. Kile Law, president and founder of Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, NC attributes the donations to the loyalty and generosity of the clients and staff at Blue Water Spa.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs is an amazing organization. They need support of the community to continue their wonderful work,” says Kile Law. “We are a small business, but I know when we work together Blue Water Spa clients can do great things. The average donation was $37.11, but we all gave together to reach $100,000.00.” Blue Water Spa raised money by offering spa and laser hair removal in Raleigh at a redued price for people who donate to charity.

Blue Water Spa has been voted best medical spa in America for three consecutive years by American Spa Magazine. Raleigh Spa Specials at Blue Water Spa provide an opportunity for people who serve the community and/or donate time or funds to charity to receive luxury spa treatments at reduced prices. Blue Water Spa www.bluewaterspa.com is the top provider of Botox and Juvederm in the Raleigh area and was recently designated an Allergan Black Diamond Provider. In 2011 Blue Water Spa supported over 120 local charities and non-profits. Blue Water Spa has donated more than 150,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC.

The North Raleigh spa provides luxury spa services in a beautiful lush atmosphere. Blue Water Spa laser center provides laser hair removal, laser skin tightening and laser vein therapy.

Kile Law is president and founder of Blue Water Spa, Kile has been recognized as Humanitarian of the Year in the Aesthetics industry by Aesthetics International. Under Kile Law’s leadership, Blue Water Spa has been voted best place to work in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Kile Law leads the spa’s philanthropic endeavors. In 2010 she was recognized by the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC for a gift of 100,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

National Trust Welcomes Four Millionth Member Family To AGM

National Trust members gathered in Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall for the Annual General Meeting. Cliodhna Giltinan and Frank Allais, along with their daughters Bo (aged six) and Eve (aged eight), were welcomed by Director-General Fiona Reynolds and Chairman Simon Jenkins and received life membership, in celebration of becoming the four millionth family member.

Cliodhna is a teacher from Dublin and Frank is a photographer, originally from France. They live with their children in Hackney, East London. Looking to find out more about the UK and British history, they joined the National Trust. The also use their membership to enjoy great days out as a family. On discovering they were the charity’s 4 millionth member, Cliodhna revealed that they were very surprised, saying: “When we received the phone call from the Trust’s membership department saying we were the four-millionth members we couldn’t quite believe it.

Cliodhna said it was her family’s visit to Knole that inspired them to join the National Trust. She remarked that the price of a family membership felt like money well-spent since they would only need to visit a few places per year in order for it to be worthwhile.

This presentation by the Director General and the Trust’s Chairman marks the start of the day when official National Trust business is undertaken, with up to 1,000 National Trust members gathered together.

According to Fiona Reynolds, 2011 is a very special year. She said she was delighted to meet Cliodhna and Frank and that she is proud that four million people are members of the National Trust. She explained: I’m proud because it shows the strength of feeling behind our cause. Our mission to look after special places, forever, for everyone is as relevant now as it was 116 years ago when we were founded.

“The support of our members really matters, so I want to say a huge thank you. It’s only through their support that we can look after the places in our care for millions more to enjoy. Seventeen million people visited our houses last year and 75 million our coast and countryside.

“People join us for many reasons – a love of their local place, a passion for beauty, for heritage and art, for surfing and cycling, or simply the joy of family time together. What all our members have in common is a love for beautiful and historic places.”

National Trust Chairman, Simon Jenkins, shared in the pride of reaching the milestone, but said there’s still much more for the charity to do: “Growing from 2.8million members a decade ago to this 4million landmark is amazing – but we know we cannot stand still. We have set ourselves an ambitious target of reaching 5million members by 2020. So, we strive to make the experience our visitors have of our places better and better. And we’re constantly seeking new ways to connect people with place – whether through food, or technology, or through becoming more open and involving.”

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Core Assets Group Scoops Investors In People Silver Award

The Core Assets Group has been awarded the Investors in People silver award, one of just 148 UK organisations to receive the accolade which recognises best practice in business.

The organisation was judged based on a framework of key performance indicators which were assessed at all levels, from top management down to frontline practice. Investors in People’s silver and gold accreditations are reserved for companies that have achieved above and beyond the basic 39 standards of working practices.

In gaining the silver level accreditation, Core Assets met with 97 additional indicators as set by Investors in People, who assessed the organisation in 2011. Specified areas of achievement within Core Assets include improvement in learning and development, mentoring and coaching, internal communications, and business strategy.

The Investors in People assessment team expressed particular regard for the commitment made by Core Assets to staff development, especially in relation to the company’s partnerships with colleges and universities, and also with the culture of mutual respect shown throughout the organisation.

Investors in People also noted that the values of equality and diversity are embedded within the best practices of the organisation, with staff feeling able to openly discuss diversity issues in the workplace.

David Oldham, Executive Director at the Core Assets Group and CEO of Foster Care Associates, said: “Gaining the Investors in People silver award is a great testament to the value that the Core Assets Group places on the workforce it employs.

“Our people are our most important asset and we are committed to ensuring that we continually recognise excellent performance and invest in learning and development. Creating such a positive environment for our staff is very important in helping us to achieve our objective of being the leading provider of services for children and families.”

Core Assets is an international social care service provider with headquarters based in Bromsgrove, UK. As operations progress across four continents around the world, the Investors in People silver award reflects the continued commitment the organisation maintains towards its growing staff. Core Assets seeks to use its healthy workplace ethos and approach to social care to make a positive impact through delivery of a wealth of children’s services, from fostering to social care recruitment.

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