Charity Matters Jun/Jul 2016 ISSUE 67

MORE QUESTIONABLE CHARITY ETHICS Charities that seem to be run for the benefit of direct marketing firms, rather than those the charity is supposed to be helping, have …

TRUST THE TRUST? The National Trust, Britain’s largest charity with more than 4 million members has been accused of hypocrisy over its sales of greenfield land for building …

GOOD COUNTRY, US The Good Country Guide has placed the UK fourth in a list of 163 countries for its high contribution to the common good of humanity. The guide ranks …

CASH GRAB BY CHARITY Donors allowing charities access to their bank accounts to collect agreed donations may wish to revisit the wisdom of this after charity Concern …

DANGEROUS ELECTRICAL FAKES If you’ve bought, either knowingly or unknowingly a counterfeit electrical product in the last twelve months you are in the company of 2.5 …

SOMEONE WILL LOOK AFTER THEM The actions of an unmarried woman in Newcastle who has had seventeen consecutive children taken into care over the last …

RETAIL THERAPY Oniomania, the posh word for compulsive shopping, is as likely to take over and damage the lives of its sufferers as gambling, sex or work addictions …

WELL YOU WOULD, WOULDN’T YOU? Portable loos at the Glastonbury festival are delivering charitable messages from Water Aid to music fans, using the voices of Brian …

MORE QUESTIONABLE CHARITY ETHICS

Charities that seem to be run for the benefit of direct marketing firms, rather than those the charity is supposed to be helping, have come under fire from the Charity Commission.

Its latest investigations have shown that some UK charities spend up to 90% of the money given to them by donors on expensive mailshots to raise more money. The Commission randomly selected a sample of ten British charities from a list of 350 known to be reliant on mailshots for their fundraising. The snapshot of the charity sector was not a pretty picture, which then became more ugly as two of the ten closed down after the Commission issued confidential action plans to help them improve. These were the Hungry Children Project, which spent the 90% figure on its mailshots to raise money for children in Haiti, and the World Relief Mission, which spent 72%. Continue reading

CASH GRAB BY CHARITY

Donors allowing charities access to their bank accounts to collect agreed donations may wish to revisit the wisdom of this after charity Concern helped themselves to up to 100 times the agreed amounts from the accounts of 25,000 donors.

This left many in the red and liable to pay their banks exploitative unauthorised overdraft fees. One had £1,500 taken from their account, instead of the usual monthly donation of £15. Rose Caldwell, executive director of Concern, which helps the poor to combat hunger, has apologised for the errors and pledged that none of her donors would lose money over them.

DANGEROUS ELECTRICAL FAKES

If you’ve bought, either knowingly or unknowingly a counterfeit electrical product in the last twelve months you are in the company of 2.5 million who have done the same thing.

According to charity Electrical Safety First this is double the figure for the previous year. It also reveals that one in 12 of us would buy a fake if it was cheaper but that 56% of those who did had problems with it.

SOMEONE WILL LOOK AFTER THEM

The actions of an unmarried woman in Newcastle who has had seventeen consecutive children taken into care over the last 20 years have persuaded childcare charity Barnado’s to release funds to help her further. Barnado’s explained that it was likely that the woman had issues of mental health, domestic abuse, a chaotic lifestyle and possible substance abuse. Continue reading

RETAIL THERAPY

Oniomania, the posh word for compulsive shopping, is as likely to take over and damage the lives of its sufferers as gambling, sex or work addictions.

This is the view of charity Action on Addiction which points out that compulsively spending time and money on something to lift a mood and seek a “high” puts it firmly in the category of addiction, and that the shopping addiction affects around 7% of the adult population. Continue reading

WELL YOU WOULD, WOULDN’T YOU?

Portable loos at the Glastonbury festival are delivering charitable messages from Water Aid to music fans, using the voices of Brian Blessed, Kathy Burke and Cerise Matthew’s, to raise awareness of the 2.3 billion people worldwide who have no access to a basic toilet.

Some of the doors in the low cubicles have been fitted with two way mirrors, which give the impression to those sitting inside that they are visible from outside, while those outside just get their own reflections, the idea being, say Water Aid, to highlight those who have nowhere safe to go to the toilet by making those using the cubicles feel “exposed”.

Event Organisers Update June 2016 ISSUE 141

MORE DIE ON DANGEROUS COURSE Four more riders have been killed at this years Isle of Man TT races. This brings the total to more than 260 people killed since the race …

BOOZE LAW BITES The Lush Bar in Magaluf, where a British teenager claimed to have been egged on by bar staff as he drank 75 Sambuca and caramel vodka shots, is being …

DON’T BE LATE EasyJet passengers arriving at the security check with less than half an hour before their flight leaves will not be allowed to board. The new policy, which is …

SAFARI ROCK The famous Glastonbury Festival could be moving 15 miles west, from Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset to Longleat, Wiltshire in 2019. The organisers, who …

BIG LONDON SPACES To the Hilton London Metropole hotel, Edgware Road, one of Europe’s largest with 1,059 bedrooms, dining space for up to 2,000 and conference …

HOTEL NEWS
o Twelve guests were rescued by fire crews at the 22-bedroom three-star Rushmore …
o BLOC Hotels, which currently has a unit in Birmingham and one in Gatwick, is …
o The St Regis Hotel, Dubai has opened the Sir Winston Churchill Suite. This is 9,828 …

(1900) NOVECENTO It could be argued that when Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci made “Twentieth Century” forty years ago in 1976, his memorable five-hour …