7 Jul 2015
The granddaughter of Olive Cooke, the 92-year-old poppy seller said to have committed suicide after being overwhelmed by fundraising requests, has said that charities are not to blame for her death.
The charity sector has been accused of hounding a 92-year-old woman to death with a barrage of fundraising letters and phone calls.
The Fundraising Standards Board will investigate allegations that poppy seller Olive Cooke committed suicide after being overwhelmed by fundraising requests, it said this morning after receiving a direct appeal from the Prime Minister.
The government will give £2m to the British Red Cross and make another £3m available for charities and other bodies involved in relief efforts in Nepal, following an earthquake which killed more than 3,600 people.
The Valldata Group, which provides payment solutions to the charity sector, made an operating loss of more than £572,000 for the year ending March 2014 and has since lost several senior executives.
A great loss to friends, colleagues and family, but also to the charity sector writ large.
The Fundraising Standards Board will investigate how charities share lists of donors and whether opt-out clauses should be clearer, its chief executive Alistair McLean said yesterday.
Richard Ross, chair of the Rosetrees Trust, donated 23 per cent of his wealth to charity in 2015, reducing his wealth so much he no longer qualifies for the Sunday Times Rich List, according to the associated Giving List, published yesterday.
The recent death of 92-year-old Olive Cooke has thrown the spotlight on fundraisers. David Ainsworth says that more must be done by charities and regulators to assuage the public's concerns.
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