Charity criticised after refusing to pay Ashya King’s parents' legal fees

Charity criticised after refusing to pay Ashya King’s parents' legal fees

17 Oct 2014 | Alice Sharman

Kids 'n' Cancer UK has been criticised for saying it will not pay the legal fees of the family of Ashya King, despite receiving £50,000 worth of donations for Ashya King’s cause, after the NHS said that it would pay for his treatment.


Charity criticised after refusing to pay Ashya King’s parents' legal fees

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BingoLotto to launch at 22,000 Tesco checkouts

A charity TV lottery that raised £100,000 for sports bodies during its six-week pilot last year is now launching nationally with gamecards going on sale at every Tesco checkout in England, Scotland and Wales.

Fundraising research money must be reallocated

Not enough money has been put into fundraising research, according to the Fundraising Standards Board and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association. The two bodies are calling on the Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC) to change its guidelines for the £600,000-round of research funding in January next year, arguing that research on fundraising has been neglected.

Parky joins fight to prevent almshouse sale

Sir Michael Parkinson has backed a campaign to prevent a charity from selling off an almshouse to developers. The television chat show veteran has become patron of the Friends of Jesus Hospital campaign to prevent the Jesus Hospital in Bray, an almshouse for elderly and poor parishioners, from being sold by Bristol Charities.

PFRA defends itself against two council attacks

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has hit back at public attacks on face-to-face fundraising by two London councils. Westminster City Council last week reported it had renegotiated its draft agreement with the PFRA, while Wandsworth Council condemned the organisation for failing to respond to its concerns regarding the practice in Tooting.

It is incredibly important that charities raise larger concerns about broader issues, rather than only focusing on the immediate situation.

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Anti-chugging Twitter campaign gains steam

A charity has backed a Guardian journalist’s Twitter campaign against face-to-face fundraising. Ben Goldacre, author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian, begun a flurry of Twitter messages on Thursday when he tweeted that "Charity muggers mean your experience of walking down the street is defined by having to say 'no' all the time. This is really corrosive".

Groundhog day for the Little Black Dress

The little black dress has long been hailed as staple of women’s wardrobes, but one fundraiser has taken commitment to the LBD to a new level. New Yorker Sheena Matheiken is wearing the same black dress every day for a year to raise money for charity and awareness of sustainable fashion in a one-woman campaign she has called The Uniform Project.

Communitybuilders format announced

The Adventure Capital Fund has announced that the format of the £70m Communitybuilders Fund has been agreed and that it will open on Monday 7 September. The fund is designed to provide “a mix of loans, grants and mentoring support to a range of community anchor-type organisations across England”.

Is Facebook a waste of time?

Is Facebook the answer to our stewardship prayers? Or would a charity's time be better spent doing something, anything, else.

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