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  • Charity turns a digital face to Gloucestershire as it seeks to bolster its fundraising

    Charity turns a digital face to Gloucestershire as it seeks to bolster its fundraising

    20-10-2020

    Medical charity Cobalt is launching a digital fundraising platform to help replace lost income from community fundraising as a result of the pandemic.  Supporters can challenge their wits ...

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  • Just honoured by the Queen for his services to charity - now the boss of Cheltenham charity CCP takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Question challenge

    Just honoured by the Queen for his services to charity - now the boss of Cheltenham charity CCP takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Question challenge

    17-10-2020

    As he escapes across Cleeve Common on a run, one of the trails this week’s 20 questions challenger leaves in his wake is the one that shows his organisation making a real difference to some of t...

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  • A literature festival, a beacon of hope for the events sector, and a £4m windfall for Gloucestershire arts

    A literature festival, a beacon of hope for the events sector, and a £4m windfall for Gloucestershire arts

    13-10-2020

    Described as “an act of bravery as well as creativity” - The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020 has reasons a-plenty to celebrate.  It has just reve...

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  • Queen honours the work of two of Gloucestershire’s true community champions

    Queen honours the work of two of Gloucestershire’s true community champions

    12-10-2020

    The chief executive and chairman of two of Gloucestershire’s best-loved charities have been recognised for their hard work and dogged determination to make a difference.  Cordell Ray...

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  • Ten charities to receive share of £500,000 from Gloucester business

    Ten charities to receive share of £500,000 from Gloucester business

    12-10-2020

    Ten charitable causes from across the UK have each been selected for a £50,000 gift by one of Gloucester’s biggest employers.   The Ecclesiastical Insurance’s Movement fo...

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  • Pandemic puts paid to major charity event

    Pandemic puts paid to major charity event

    01-10-2020

    A sleep out by business people my not sound like a big deal, but last year’s event raised £60,000 and helped 70 homeless people, 20 of which were supported into permanent accommodation.&...

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  • Events shutdown will not stop firm’s push to raise funds for life-saving incubator

    Events shutdown will not stop firm’s push to raise funds for life-saving incubator

    01-10-2020

    We were given permission to use a version of this article from Randall & Payne on The Raikes Journal and 're-write it' to our style. Sometimes, things are best left alone. Just reading the phra...

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  • Material help for homeless charity after fabric firm gives away its takings

    Material help for homeless charity after fabric firm gives away its takings

    30-09-2020

    A family business has given away all of its taking from a two-day clearance sale to a Gloucestershire homeless charity.  Cheltenham-based business Just Fabrics raised £3,500 by offer...

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  • Staff's sterling efforts 'insures' charity can serve up food programme for young people

    Staff's sterling efforts 'insures' charity can serve up food programme for young people

    22-09-2020

    Food-related charity Wiggly Worm has thanks staff from one of Gloucestershire’s biggest employers for helping raise more than £1,300 towards its good work.  Nine volunteers fro...

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  • Help a vital search and rescue crew save its headquarters

    Help a vital search and rescue crew save its headquarters

    21-09-2020

    If you see a socially distanced line of what looks like the crew of a lifeboat trekking between Gloucester and Sharpness on Saturday they are not looking for their boat - but they are in need of our...

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  • Unseasonal, very strange, but true: A hair-raising story about Santa Claus!

    Unseasonal, very strange, but true: A hair-raising story about Santa Claus!

    16-09-2020

    We have to admit that we do not really know how to begin this one (and feel the need to apologise on so many levels for where we are about to take you), except to say it is all for a very good cause...

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  • Gloucester heart charity finds novel way to raise awareness

    Gloucester heart charity finds novel way to raise awareness

    15-09-2020

    If you go down to the woods in Gloucester - or any location in the city for that matter - you are sure of a big surprise.  To raise awareness for the work it does – and spread a few ...

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  • We unveil the group which served up fun and 25,500 free meals to families during summer holidays

    We unveil the group which served up fun and 25,500 free meals to families during summer holidays

    07-09-2020

    If anyone told you children’s outdoor activities were on hold through the summer and those in need of a free-meal system would go without clearly neglected to mention this amazing effort. ...

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  • Story of fundraising campaign to stage book festival has happy ending

    Story of fundraising campaign to stage book festival has happy ending

    07-09-2020

    When the pandemic threatened the future ofone of the county’s favourite literature festivals organisers refused to be beaten.  Setting themselves an ambitious target of raising &poun...

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  • Young people sought for a career in aviation

    Young people sought for a career in aviation

    03-09-2020

    The first and only female member of the famous Red Arrows - the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – was on hand yesterday to support a campaign to encourage county youngsters into aviation.  ...

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  • Gloucestershire aviation skills events for primary school age cleared for takeoff by Government

    Gloucestershire aviation skills events for primary school age cleared for takeoff by Government

    02-09-2020

    An aviation charity based at Gloucestershire Airport is one of the pilots of a Department for Transport backed initiative to help take children’s career aspirations to a higher level - and it ...

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  • Lifesaving charity’s own battle to survive showcased in new short film

    Lifesaving charity’s own battle to survive showcased in new short film

    26-08-2020

    We have sent up a distress flare before for the admirable charity that is SARA, but now there is a much better vehicle for drawing attention to its plight.  Earlier this year the group of ...

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  • Fashion brand launches stylist statement supporting children’s charity

    Fashion brand launches stylist statement supporting children’s charity

    24-08-2020

    Cotswold retailer Sassy and Boo has partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation, whichworks to support children and their families dealing with serious illness.  To celebrate the ...

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  • One of the best-known faces from one of Gloucestershire's best-loved charities takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Questions

    One of the best-known faces from one of Gloucestershire's best-loved charities takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Questions

    22-08-2020

    Florence Nightingale and Ernest Shackleton are forever associated with leading teams through difficult times, but whether they could manage a dinner with the Spice Girls is an interesting one. ...

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  • Half a million pounds donated to help sustain Gloucestershire’s oldest business

    Half a million pounds donated to help sustain Gloucestershire’s oldest business

    18-08-2020

    Not many businesses can call themselves a ‘beacon of hope’ to draw attention to their own importance – and need for financial support – but there is one few would not call wo...

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  • Lifesaving charity launches its own rescue bid – to save itself

    Lifesaving charity launches its own rescue bid – to save itself

    04-08-2020

    A charity based here in Gloucestershire which takes it upon itself to search for and save the lives of the missing – on land and water - is seeking funds to keep itself shipshape.  T...

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  • Moving video highlights plight of young people charity seeks to help

    Moving video highlights plight of young people charity seeks to help

    29-07-2020

    One of Gloucestershire’s smallest charities – but which makes one of the biggest impacts on those it tries to help – has released a moving video lifting the lid on some of its work...

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  • Book festival announces Crowdfunding campaign – and its first headline names

    Book festival announces Crowdfunding campaign – and its first headline names

    27-07-2020

    One of Gloucestershire hugely popular literature festivals has announced a Crowdfunding campaign to enable it to stage this year’s programme – as well as revealing its first headline nam...

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  • Law firm offers money off to NHS staff moving house

    Law firm offers money off to NHS staff moving house

    22-07-2020

    The boss of Gloucestershire-based Dee & Griffin solicitors realises some may be cynical about his firm’s offer to knock 10 per cent off their fees for NHS staff moving house.  But an...

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  • £1.5 million building project (and video) will put a spring in your step

    £1.5 million building project (and video) will put a spring in your step

    17-07-2020

    At a cool £1.5 million this is a building project aiming to take the children who will benefit from it on a giant leap forward – which probably explains why it has the backing of one Edd...

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  • How the cancelled Gloucester 10k still raised £10,000

    How the cancelled Gloucester 10k still raised £10,000

    17-07-2020

    The ‘original historic Gloucester 10k’ was due to be run for the eighth time this year, this very month (July) – and then came covid-19.  It was conceived eight years ago...

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  • Your challenge – to raise money for one of Gloucestershire’s best-loved charities

    Your challenge – to raise money for one of Gloucestershire’s best-loved charities

    16-07-2020

    A charity which supports sick and disabled children in Gloucestershire is encouraging as many people as possible to help supports its crucial summer fundraising event.  Hoping to capitalis...

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  • Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: Regent Arcade manager Scott Lahive and Cheltenham BID's Phil Jordan reflects on the reopening of Cheltenham

    Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: Regent Arcade manager Scott Lahive and Cheltenham BID's Phil Jordan reflects on the reopening of Cheltenham

    16-07-2020

    This is actually two videos. Both were shot just as Cheltenham town centre's retail and public houses were reopening and both seem to offer even more incite into where we were and where we are now for...

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  • Powerful ally for charity which rescues and rehomes 600 animals annually

    Powerful ally for charity which rescues and rehomes 600 animals annually

    15-07-2020

    A charity which rescues and rehomes more than 600 cats, dogs and small animals every year has been singled out for support by a well-known Gloucestershire law firm.  Cheltenham Animal Shel...

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  • Urgent appeal for PPE for families with seriously ill children

    Urgent appeal for PPE for families with seriously ill children

    13-07-2020

    A children’s charity based in Gloucestershire has set up a PPE lifeline for seriously ill children and their families and is appealing to businesses for help with stocks of items running low. ...

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  • Music academy continues to score incredible tale of survival through pandemic

    Music academy continues to score incredible tale of survival through pandemic

    09-07-2020

    Improvising as it goes, Gloucestershire Academy of Music is writing a whole new movement as it continues to play its way through a pandemic - and there is a fundraising push you can help with. ...

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  • Share of £2.68m life support funding to be invested in Gloucestershire by Arts Council England

    Share of £2.68m life support funding to be invested in Gloucestershire by Arts Council England

    08-07-2020

    Getting creative with its cash to help sustain organisations struggling to survive the pandemic, Arts Council England has announced funding for three Gloucestershire groups.  Colouring in ...

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  • Mountaineer helps threatre climb towards financial safety with barnstorming podcast show

    Mountaineer helps threatre climb towards financial safety with barnstorming podcast show

    08-07-2020

    Cotswold resident and one of Britain’s most celebrated alpine and high-altitude climbers, Kenton Cool, has been involved in a very different ascension with his chat podcast becoming a hit.&nbs...

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  • Charity which saves young people from the streets seeks help

    Charity which saves young people from the streets seeks help

    07-07-2020

    Last year a little-known charity called Gloucestershire Nightstopprovided a bed for a young person in need of shelter on the equivalent of 600 nights, but now it needs help of its own.  Be...

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  • Charity will benefit afterall as runners limber up for this weekend's virtual Gloucester 10k run

    Charity will benefit afterall as runners limber up for this weekend's virtual Gloucester 10k run

    03-07-2020

    It is as much strength of will as it is fitness that keeps a runner going – and perhaps that doggedness explains why even with a pandemic the Gloucester 10k was always going to find a way.&nbs...

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  • National Star shines brighter than the rest to take top award

    National Star shines brighter than the rest to take top award

    03-07-2020

    National Star has won a prestigious national award for its unique inter-disciplinary work with young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties. The national charity, based in Chelt...

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  • National Star up for national award today

    National Star up for national award today

    02-07-2020

    National Star will hear today (July 2) if it is a winner in this year’s Natspec Awards for its work with young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties.  The nation...

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  • Hollie Gazzard Trust warns it plans to shake things up - with a twist

    Hollie Gazzard Trust warns it plans to shake things up - with a twist

    30-06-2020

    Dedicated to reducing cases of domestic violence The Hollie Gazzard Trust is known for educating and calming situations - but for one night only it has vowed to ‘shake it up’ in style.&n...

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  • Much-loved charity Maggie’s Cheltenham gifted near £20,000 by law firm

    Much-loved charity Maggie’s Cheltenham gifted near £20,000 by law firm

    29-06-2020

    A charity based in Cheltenham which supports anyone affected by cancer has received a serious boost to its finances in the form of almost £20,000 from Willans LLP.  The spa town-head...

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  • Tech firm enables Stroud Book Festival to write another chapter in 2020

    Tech firm enables Stroud Book Festival to write another chapter in 2020

    26-06-2020

    Rather than succumb to entirely to covid-19 lockdown ever innovative organizers of the popular Stroud Book Festival is to write a very special chapter in its history this.  For the first t...

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  • Date for pop-up Asian takeaway revealed for Cirencester

    Date for pop-up Asian takeaway revealed for Cirencester

    26-06-2020

    Renowned chef and culinary presenter, Pamela Chen, will kick start a series of pop-up takeaway events at one of Cirencester’s most popular bar and restaurants Somewhere Else – start...

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  • Mayor donates £9,000-plus to county charities

    Mayor donates £9,000-plus to county charities

    25-06-2020

    Charities helping bereaved adults and children and another dedicated to its community are among the beneficiaries of a £9,000 donation.  Cllr Roger Whyborn, Cheltenham’s Mayor ...

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  • Charity tackling prickly subject of fundraising for new hedgehog hospital

    Charity tackling prickly subject of fundraising for new hedgehog hospital

    22-06-2020

    A pandemic is perhaps not the best time to start a fund-raising campaign, but a small charity caring for some of Britain’s smallest orphans has been forced into a tight spot.  Annie ...

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  • 14 county charities awarded share of £1million

    14 county charities awarded share of £1million

    19-06-2020

    Charities supporting everything from bereaved children to wildlife have received donations of £1,000 each as part of the Movement for Good awards.  The awards, set up by specialist insurer ...

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  • Arts Council reveals covid emergency cash for 20-plus Gloucestershire groups

    Arts Council reveals covid emergency cash for 20-plus Gloucestershire groups

    17-06-2020

    Twenty-plus organisations in Gloucestershire will benefit from £8.5 million of emergency funding from Arts Council England. At least 23 organisations involved in arts and culture in Glouceste...

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  • Funding almost in place for incredible new live music venue

    Funding almost in place for incredible new live music venue

    12-06-2020

    Plans are almost complete for Gloucestershire to have a brand new, inclusive music venue and recording studio for the county’s young people.  The Music Works, a charity based in Chel...

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  • Urgent appeal: Help rescue much-loved hospice from financial impact of the pandemic

    Urgent appeal: Help rescue much-loved hospice from financial impact of the pandemic

    09-06-2020

    One of Gloucestershire’s best-loved hospices which cares for adults with life-limiting illnesses has revealed the true extent of its financial woes – and how you can help it.  ...

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  • Could a business model born in the pandemic be a panacea to hunger?

    Could a business model born in the pandemic be a panacea to hunger?

    09-06-2020

    A team of activists which became a major force in the county’s fight to tackle the social impact of the pandemic on Gloucestershire may just have found a business model akin to the Holy Grail. S...

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  •  Charities brace themselves to repair social damage

    Charities brace themselves to repair social damage

    08-06-2020

    As the front-line fight against the impact of Covid-19 rightly hogged our screens, many became increasingly fearful of what has been taking place off camera. Red lights went on about our mental healt...

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  • Law firm's foundation donates £12,000 to charities to help tackle rising demand

    Law firm's foundation donates £12,000 to charities to help tackle rising demand

    26-05-2020

    A charitable foundation founded and run by a Cheltenham law firm has been revealed as the donor behind a £12,000 boost to three charities. Each of the beneficiaries, one in Gloucestershir...

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  • Pandemic’s impact is concern for counselling services in Gloucestershire

    Pandemic’s impact is concern for counselling services in Gloucestershire

    19-05-2020

    A bid to raise awareness of a rising demand for tackling children’s and families’ mental health across the county has been supported by the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire.  Th...

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  • Tracy Clark: Thoughts of a CEO in lockdown

    Tracy Clark: Thoughts of a CEO in lockdown

    01-05-2020

    I am CEO of two charities, Infobuzz and Young Gloucestershire; the last four week have been some of the most challenging in my career.  This will be the same for many as we all face unprecedente...

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  • Outstanding growth and innovation win companies coveted Queen’s Awards

    Outstanding growth and innovation win companies coveted Queen’s Awards

    22-04-2020

    Sought after Queen’s Awards for business have gone to four Gloucestershire companies – with three recognised for “outstanding growth”.  The prestigious annual award...

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  • University kitchen helping feed 5,000 during coronavirus crisis

    University kitchen helping feed 5,000 during coronavirus crisis

    21-04-2020

    A Gloucestershire university has revealed it has repurposed kitchens which would otherwise be closed due to the coronavirus lockdown to help feed 5,000 Gloucestershire residents.  The Roya...

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  • Cotswold theatre’s wardrobe department makes NHS medical scrubs

    Cotswold theatre’s wardrobe department makes NHS medical scrubs

    14-04-2020

    Rather than create a drama out of the current coronavirus crisis the wardrobe department at Cirencester’s The Barn Theatre has been doing its bit for the NHS and health staff by producing scru...

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  • £100,000-plus raised by COVID-19 Rapid Response Appeal for Gloucestershire’s hospital staff

    £100,000-plus raised by COVID-19 Rapid Response Appeal for Gloucestershire’s hospital staff

    13-04-2020

    Professional footballers, schoolchildren and many more have raised over £100,000 in just over two weeks to support frontline NHS staff in Gloucestershire. Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospit...

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