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Assistant referee who got Haaland’s signature donates cards to charity

Octavian Sovre’s red and yellow cards signed by strikerCentre for autistic people in Romania will benefitThe Romanian assistant referee Octavian Sovre’s decision to ask Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland to autograph his yellow and red cards raised eye…

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Marcus Rashford: public rallies behind campaign to end child food poverty

Covid-hit firms tweet offers of food donations after MPs reject free school meals planCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMarcus Rashford may have seen his attempt to get the government to provide meals for the poorest children …

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Yaya Touré dropped from charity match over reported pornographic post

Football player apologises after also apparently offering to hire sex workers for teammatesThe former Manchester City player Yaya Touré has been dropped from playing in Unicef’s annual charity football match after reportedly posting a pornographic vide…

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Man from Sidcup runs marathon in his garden

James Page, 36, did 873 laps and raised over £3,000 for Children With Cancer UK Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A man in south-east London ran a marathon in his garden to raise money for a cancer charity after the governmen…

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Pete Frates, baseball player and inspiration for ice bucket challenge, dies at 34

Former baseball player helped spread of charity driveChallenge has raised $220m for research into ALSPete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with motor neuron disease helped inspire the ice bucket challenge, has died at the age of 34…

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Pete Frates, baseball player and inspiration for ice bucket challenge, dies at 34

Former baseball player helped spread of charity driveChallenge has raised $220m for research into ALSPete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with motor neuron disease helped inspire the ice bucket challenge, has died at the age of 34…

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‘In a way, I’m lucky’: Doddie Weir on MND, rugby and his crusade for a cure

In New York for fun and treatment, the Scottish rugby great discussed life with motor neurone disease – and what he’s doing to fight itIn a famous scene from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 victory in South Africa, Doddie Weir…

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Government accused of withholding £2.5bn of Olympic legacy assets from charities

Lottery money originally earmarked for good causes may now not be repaid for 30 yearsThe government has been accused of sitting on almost £2.5bn-worth of assets that have been earmarked for good causes and charities, many of which face an uncertain fut…

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Government accused of withholding £2.5bn of Olympic legacy assets from charities

Lottery money originally earmarked for good causes may now not be repaid for 30 yearsThe government has been accused of sitting on almost £2.5bn-worth of assets that have been earmarked for good causes and charities, many of which face an uncertain fut…

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Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Bookmakers and betting companies are failing to honour pledge to donate to care, says leading charity GambleAwareGambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by l…

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Charities still waiting for millions raided to build West Ham stadium | Rachel Cain

The government has reneged on a pledge to refund £425m to charities after the Olympics, instead leasing the stadium to West Ham for a mere £2.5m a year

  • Rachel Cain is senior researcher at the Directory of Social Change

As West Ham United kick off a new season in the Olympic Stadium where the nation cheered Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships this summer, few will be aware that this fabulous venue, now the London Stadium, was partly funded by money intended for charities, which are still waiting for repayment.

The story so far: back in 2007, the government raided millions from lottery funds to pay for the infrastructure of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than £400m of this money should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund in grants enabling charities to do vital work in communities.

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Twelve goals at Goodison Park (and two referees): archive, 13 May 1935

13 May 1935: Football League team wins 10-2 in a charity match for the King’s Jubilee trust fund

Football League 10, Irish and Welsh 2

What’s in a name? A great deal in football, it seems. A regrettably thin crowd went to Goodison Park, Liverpool, on Saturday to see two fine teams play a most entertaining match for the King’s Jubilee Trust Fund. Had these teams been labelled “Liverpool” and “Everton” and the match been called “F.A. Cup, sixth-round tie,” the ground would hardly have held the people eager to see it.

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Didier Drogba charity: watchdog raises ‘serious concerns’

Regulator contacts former Chelsea footballer’s charity after claims that less than 1% of money raised has gone to good causes

The charities watchdog has “serious regulatory concerns” about a foundation set up by the former Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba following allegations that less than 1% of the funds raised by the organisation in the UK have gone to good causes.

More than £1.7m has been raised by the Didier Drogba Foundation in the UK over the last five years but only £14,115 has been given to good causes, according to claims made in the Daily Mail following an investigation.

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Dame Kelly Holmes: ‘I’m a runner – not a marathon runner’

Ahead of her participation in the London Marathon, the Olympic champion discusses why distance running is out of her comfort zone and talks about the charities close to her heart that have inspired her

It’s funny how people think that running must be easy for me because I have won two gold medals in running events. I get comments such as: “Do you think you could run within 30 seconds of your personal best in an 800m or 1500m race now?’’ “Are you going out to win the 5k park run?” “You must have done loads of long runs when you were a full-time athlete.” “I bet you have a time in mind for the marathon.” Well, the answer to these is “no”.

As much as I would love to say that the myth of a superhuman robot athlete who can win everything from 100m to a full marathon was true, I have to bow down to reality and say this old girl is good (that’s my competitive spirit coming through), but not that good.

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San Antonio Scorpions: the soccer club that give their profits to charity

As USA prepare to face Mexico in San Antonio, one club in the city has a striking way to help the local community

On Wednesday, the US Men’s National Team will host Mexico in front of a sellout crowd of 65,000 at San Antonio’s Alamodome. The game will mark the first time the two countries have met in the city. And just a 20-minute drive north east, at Toyota Field stadium, is the home of a club that are believed to be another first for American soccer. San Antonio Scorpions, the current North American Soccer League (NASL) title holders, are the only professional soccer team in the United States to operate with completely charitable intentions, the club claim. All net profits from the Scorpions, their stadium and a nearby soccer facility go towards funding Morgan’s Wonderland, a park for special needs individuals that is based on the same complex as the stadium.

“We think we are the only ones [to operate like this],” Gordon Hartman, the Scorpions’ owner, told the Guardian.

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Artistry of Lionel Messi captured by Murakami and Hirst for charity auction

Sale of portraits of footballer part of 1in11 campaign to extend educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Asia

Portraits of the Barcelona striker Lionel Messi by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst are to go on sale in London next month.

The paintings have been commissioned as part of the 1in11 campaign, a collaboration between Unicef, FC Barcelona Foundation and Reach Out To Asia to extend educational opportunities to marginalised children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal. The artwork will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on 12 February to raise funds for the charity.

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Jo Pavey: ‘Volunteers enabled me to fulfil my dreams in athletics’

New research shows that each year a volunteer in sport produces £16,000 worth of social value. Aimee Meade spoke to European Champion Jo Pavey and volunteers about the benefits

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St John Ambulance calls on football fans to learn first aid skills

Fabrice Muamba lends support to Celebrate Like a Hero New film aims to encourage fans to learn life-saving skills Charity asks: in a life or death situation, would you be a hero? Muamba: were not doing enough to prevent cardiac deaths Continue reading…

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Celebrity disaster relief – what not to do

When Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora went to Sierra Leone, it turned into a PR disaster. Here’s some advice to charities

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Celebrity disaster relief – what not to do

When Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora went to Sierra Leone, it turned into a PR disaster. Here’s some advice to charities