5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

Danni Manzi, Danni Manzi, Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns NDCS

Danni Manzi, Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, which may be of interest.

1)     Stem cell courier speeds around world in dramatic race against time – to help 87 transplants take place, Pamela Owen, The Mirror

Peter Hodes, an Anthony Nolan volunteer and “one of Britain’s busiest stem cell couriers”, has a 42 hour window to transport cells from Australia to a profoundly ill child at a Manchester hospital.

2)    ‘Crisis’ warning as up to four in ten refused first choice primary school, Graeme Paton, The Telegraph

Nearly 40 per cent of children rejected from first choice primary school in parts of England as experts warn that record numbers of parents are preparing to appeal

3)    How charities can empower their service users – a case study, Polly Mehta from Shift.ms, The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network

Linked to Jonathan’s blog on why sharing your story matters and a more recent one by Graham, one of NDCS’s volunteer campaigners, this article explains how charities can empower their service users. In order to break down barriers between health experts and people with multiple sclerosis, charity Shift.ms decided to help service users take their message into their own hands.

4)    Food bank charity ‘is misleading the public’: Claim that 1m need food parcels ‘just self promotion’, Tim Shipman, The Daily Mail

The Trussell Trust who runs more than 400 food banks has been accused of ‘misleading the public’ on the issue of food poverty.

5)    Deaf teenager wins prestigious award then donates £500 prize to deaf kids charity, Andy Palmer, Limping Chicken

Former NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board member Bethany Eason won the Rotary Club Young Citizen Award and donated her £500 prize to NDCS.

Have you spotted any good articles around this week? Leave a comment below to share them with us!

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