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Could you do the Nicest Job in Britain?

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Nicest man in Britain?: Last year’s winner, Luke Cameron

Nicest man in Britain?: Last year’s winner, Luke Cameron

GOOD SAMARITANS across the county could be in with the chance of getting paid to help many charities as the Nicest Job in Britain (NJIB) campaign re-launches for its second year.

The Nicest Job in Britain is a charity campaign led by NicestJobs.com – an employer brand showcase platform for the charity sector – and sponsored by online auction platform Givergy.

The Job will see one lucky winner travel the country and help 40 charities over the course of a year; working both on the ground as a volunteer and in their head offices on charity campaigns.

The second year of the campaign kicks off with a global hunt to find the successor to 27-year-old kindness campaigner Luke Cameron from Cheltenham, who was dubbed the ‘Nicest Man in Britain’ by the Daily Mail. Luke was NJIB’s first ever National Philanthropy Manager and is now leading the search for his replacement.

The successful applicant will take up the role of National Philanthropy Manager for NicestJobs.com and will be paid a salary of £30,000. But the real benefit of the role is having the opportunity to travel the country to help 40 different charities; from animal rescue to children’s hospices.

In order to apply, participants should record a 60-second video showcasing why they’re the best person for the job, then visit www.nicestjobinbritain. co.uk to submit their application before September 16.

The 40 chosen charities who will benefit from the scheme are: RSPCA; St Joseph’s Hospice; Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity; Changing Faces; Children’s Liver Disease Foundation; Shooting Star Hospice; Creating Better Futures; Music In Hospitals; Meningitis Research Foundation; Mind; Helen Rollason Cancer Charity; Henshaws; The Churn Project; Rays of Sunshine; Sport 4 Life; The Brain Charity; CHICKS; Jubilee Sailing Trust; St Mark’s Hospital Foundation; Faith in Water; Teenage Cancer Trust; Samaritans; Toybox; Little Princess Trust; Julia House; Winston’s Wish; Theodora Children’s Charity; Friendship at Home; Step up to Serve; Maria Cristina Foundation; Vinspired; Off the Record Bristol; FPA – Sexual Health; Visyon; Daisy Chain Project; County Air Ambulance Appeal; PAFRAS; Glos Pride; Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation and Mary Stevens Hospice.

The primary sponsor of this year’s campaign is Givergy – an award-winning company which offers a range of cutting-edge technology platforms to help charities raise more at fundraising events and online. The company helped raise over £25 million for more than 1,200 incredible charitable causes in 2015 alone.

Last year’s winner, Luke Cameron, who completed his 45 charity visits in 2015 has now turned his attention to finding his successor for the Nicest Job in Britain. He says: “Being the National Philanthropy Manager changed my life – being able to visit and work with so many amazing charities across the space of the year was more than I could have ever imagined.”

Jon Douglas, Founder of Givergy, said: “We’re so proud to be sponsoring the Nicest Job in Britain and it’s been fantastic to work with Luke on this incredible project. We’re looking forward to watching the video entries from hopefuls across the world keen for the chance to take over his role – I’m sure there will be lots of inspiring applications.”

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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