WEEKENDER: A charitable trip

Natasha Slee rounds up the charity events happening across the country this weekend

This Sunday London once again welcomes thousands of runners and spectators to the Virgin London Marathon. Whether you watch it in front of the television with a tear in your eye, or cheering from the side lines, chances are the 30,000 brave runners will stir up charitable feelings inside. The UK is, after all, one of the world’s most charitable nations. With that in mind, why not expel your generosity on a worthy cause this weekend?

- We all have unwanted clothes languishing at the back of the wardrobe, but however good our intentions, we often don’t have the time to bag them up and take them to a charity shop. In TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes For Good campaign the high street store has teamed up with Cancer Research, making the charitable process much easier. As part of your Saturday shopping trip, simply drop off a bag of unwanted clothes at TK Maxx, and they’ll pass them on to Cancer Research to sell in charity shops across the country.

- This Saturday is also Record Store Day, celebrating and encouraging us to visit independent record shops in the age of downloads. The Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch, London, is exhibiting and selling 700 unique record sleeves inspired by music by The Cure, Florence and the Machine and Ben Howard. All profits will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

- Help for Heroes is currently half way through its impressive Ride Side By Side challenge: cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End. This weekend the brave cyclists will travel from Lancaster to Shrewsbury via Manchester. If you’re in the area why not pitch yourself en route and show your support.

 By Natasha Slee