Woman arrested after more than £30,000 raised for charity by BLM goes missing

20 Aug 2021 News

Police in Bristol are investigating after money raised from a crowdfunder by a local Black Lives Matter group did not reach the charity it was promised to. 

Fundraisers were told the £32,000 raised on GoFundMe would go to Bristol youth charity, Changing Your Mindset. The page has now been removed.

Police say that a woman in her twenties has now been arrested and questioned about the crowdfunder.

A spokesperson from Changing Your Mindset said the charity has not yet to received any money and confirmed a complaint had been made to Avon and Somerset police.

'We have struggled to cover the group's running costs'

Changing Your Mindset said the money was earmarked to allow 15 young people to go on a trip to west Africa.

A spokesperson for the charity said said: “The staff at Changing Your Mindset have been working on a voluntary basis, on a greatly reduced budget, to be able to provide our youth services.

“The missing monies have not only resulted in jeopardising an educational visit to Africa but mean that we have struggled to cover the groups running costs, such as mentors fees and insurance, as we had planned a whole annual cycle with the donated funds, as described in the GoFundMe Page.”

The charity added that it would like to thank those organisations and individuals that have reached out and “offered their support and kind words”.

Avon and Somerset police confirmed that a woman was arrested last week and questioned.

A spokesperson added: “Enquiries are continuing following an allegation of theft.”

The BLM demonstration in Bristol followed the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. During the protest on 7 June last year, the statue of Colston that stood in the city centre was pulled down by protesters.

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