Charity Matters Feb/Mar 2018 ISSUE 77

DAMAGE The charity sector has suffered considerable and probably permanent damage due to the recent slew of sleaze allegations aimed at a few large …

WILL THEY/WONT THEY? In the wake of the collapse of the President’s Club after a stag event at which female hostesses were groped and propositioned and sex …

PROBE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL The management of the Royal Albert Hall is to face an overdue and judge-led inquiry later this year into why the charity allows its …

BETTING FRENZY ENDANGERING CHILDREN The number of advertisements for betting firms during sports matches, and the number of sports pundits extolling … 

BETTING FUNDED BY FRAUD The chief executive of an animal shelter who plundered donations of £640,000 in nine years to fund his online gambling habit …

IS THAT FAUX FUR OR FOX FUR YOU ARE WEARING? Tests carried out by the Humane Society UK have revealed that real animal for is being misleadingly passed …

THERESA GETS IT RIGHT, FOR MOST The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed the U-turn by Theresa May over her promise of an MP’s vote on …

DAMAGE

The charity sector has suffered considerable and probably permanent damage due to the recent slew of sleaze allegations aimed at a few large organisations.

In Haiti it has been reported that some Oxfam staff organised orgies in a villa in Port au Prince, with women offered aid for sex after the 2010 earthquake there in the “culture of entitlement” that apparently existed at Oxfam. As a result Haiti has banned Oxfam GB while it investigates the allegations, including those claiming that some of the prostitutes were 14 years old. The age of consent in Haiti is 18. Continue reading

WILL THEY/WONT THEY?

In the wake of the collapse of the President’s Club after a stag event at which female hostesses were groped and propositioned and sex workers were said to circulate, Great Ormond Street Hospital claimed that it would pay back charitable donations made by the club, thought to total more than £500,000.

This was because they did not wish their good name to be associated with the sleazy goings-on. However since then they have paused to reconsider their position in the light of donor threats to withdraw support and questions such as why innocent and sick children should suffer because of the scandal.

The “dirty money” dilemma is certainly one classic one faced by the sector, and it will be interesting to see how GOSH resolves it (reader’s views welcome).

PROBE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL

The management of the Royal Albert Hall is to face an overdue and judge-led inquiry later this year into why the charity allows its trustees to own seats privately and then to profit from selling tickets for them at significantly inflated prices.

The inquiry will establish whether or not the considerable private gain is acceptable for trustees controlling the hall. If it is not then the Charity Commission has the power to replace the trustees and appoint their own independent ones to run the hall.

BETTING FRENZY ENDANGERING CHILDREN

The number of advertisements for betting firms during sports matches, and the number of sports pundits extolling their products is worrying gambling charities which are concerned about the effect of these items in hooking children into gambling.

Since the last Labour government relaxed laws governing the broadcast of ads encouraging betting the number seen by children has tripled, with many ads urging bets on football matches screened before the 9.00pm watershed.

The other problem is the number of sports pundits who now act as ambassadors, or paid pushers, to betting firms, with Alan Shearer pushing Coral and Jermaine Jenas pushing Unibet. Meanwhile Robbie Savage promotes William Hill on Twitter and Michael Vaughan promotes bookmaker Mr Green.

Some football clubs themselves have ads for gambling on football shirts sold to under-18’s.

Figures produced in 2016 by charity GambleAware show that problem gamblers cost the UK taxpayer up to £1.2 billion a year. Betting firms are the biggest suppliers of gifts to UK MP’s.

BETTING FUNDED BY FRAUD

The chief executive of an animal shelter who plundered donations of £640,000 in nine years to fund his online gambling habit has been jailed for five years.

Simon Price, 53, diverted cash from legacies left to Birmingham Dogs Home to pay for his losses on his Betfair online account. He also raised money with fake invoices from solicitors, construction companies and marketing companies. He admitted multiple counts of fraud by abuse of position. Sentencing Price Judge Patrick Thomas QC told him that his crimes, “while in the grip of a gambling addiction” had “weakened public confidence in the work of the dog’s home. Continue reading

IS THAT FAUX FUR OR FOX FUR YOU ARE WEARING?

Tests carried out by the Humane Society UK have revealed that real animal for is being misleadingly passed off as faux fur on a number of clothing items sold in Britain.

Researchers found:

  • o Fox fur trim on the hoods of coats sold by TK Maxx and Amazon.
  • o Fox fur on a bobble hat sold by brand Miss Bardo.
  • o Mink fur on earrings sold by online store Boohoo.
  • o Rabbit fur on shoes from Boohoo
  • o Rabbit fur on shoes and scarves at Amazon.
  • o Rabbit fur on keychains from online stores Not On The High Street and Groupon.

Fur farms, where animals endure “Appalling deprivation” were banned in the UK in 2,000 but fur farms in Russia, Poland and China are still sources.

THERESA GETS IT RIGHT, FOR MOST

The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed the U-turn by Theresa May over her promise of an MP’s vote on overturning the ban on using dogs for hunting wild animals in England and Wales. The ban was introduced by the Hunting Act 2004, and by the Labour government of the time.

Mrs May, a supporter of foxhunting, said she had heard “the clear message” that most voters did not support the “sport” and said that there would be “No vote in this parliament”.

The League Against Cruel Sports commented that “the Government now accepts that cruel sports should no longer be a part of 21st century society”.

Charity Matters Dec 2017/Jan 2018 ISSUE 76

GROOMING CHILDREN Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are making it easier for perverts to target children and groom them for … 

PRISON IF YOU GET IT WRONG A sad case of a vulnerable woman in her 50’s and in bad health being jailed for non-payment of council tax of £700, including fines …

DANGEROUS AND MISGUIDED Charities working with domestic abuse have criticised a campaign by Essex police which offered extra support to those over 55 who were …

VILE TRADE LEGAL IN SOUTH AFRICA Around 800 lions in South Africa have been taken from their mothers at a few days old, while still blind, and reared to be petted …

STEAL £1.3 MILLION – PAY BACK £51,745 A trusted boss of Welsh homeless charity who stole £1.3 million to fund a lavish lifestyle has been jailed for five years and …

UNSUSTAINABLE EATING Research by the food charity Sustain has revealed that some of the UK’s largest contract caterers are serving fish deemed by the Marine …

GROOMING CHILDREN

Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are making it easier for perverts to target children and groom them for sexual purposes.

The NSPCC’s ChildLine emergency number has received 33% more calls in the past year as 3,122 children contacted them for counselling. The charity has warned that predatory adults were using money, gifts and affection to groom, sexually harass and traffic children who were usually unaware they were not communicating with another child their own age.

One young girl told ChildLine: – “I was playing a game online and started talking to someone who asked me to send them rude pictures. They said they were my age and after talking for a while I sent them some pictures, but now they’re blackmailing me and threatening to show everyone if I don’t carry on. I feel really stupid and I’m scared about what will happen”.

ChildLine say girls aged 12 – 15 are most likely to be targeted.