Serious safeguarding weaknesses at a religious charitable trust exposed children to appalling sexual abuse over decades, the Charity Commission said today. The regulator opened an inquiry into the Ampleforth Abbey Trust in November 2016 following allegations of sexual abuse and the inquiry was later extended to the St Laurence Education Trust. SLET runs Ampleforth College,
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The Charity Commission has closed its compliance case into a Lincolnshire-based medical charity after allegations of toxic workplace culture were raised with the media. Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service, which provides medical aid to people across the county, previously defended itself against allegations of bullying and toxic culture after the BBC reported claims by 26
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The decision by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to press ahead with halving a £3.6m charity grant scheme “threatens the sustainability” of sector organisations, the chief of a children’s charity has said.  The Core Grant Funding Scheme was opened in October 2022 and the Department of Health said it financially supports organisations “which
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Mark Gifford is to step down as chief executive of the body that runs the National Citizen Service.  Gifford, who joined the NCS Trust in March 2020 after 20 years at the retailer the John Lewis Partnership, said he was taking up a role closer to his home in north-west England.  He will leave in
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The chief executive of a membership body that represents cancer charities is set to retire after nine years in the role. Jane Lyons will step down from her role at Cancer52, which represents 115 charities to promote people affected by less common cancers. She joined the charity in February 2015 and will retire on 15
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A former charity worker has been jailed after she stole £30,000 she made from selling donated Alton Towers and Legoland tickets intended for children with cancer. Heidi Bucknall, 32, of Tyburn Close, Bestwood, Nottinghamshire, started working for the Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children in 2012. The charity supports families of children with cancer across
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Who else but hosts Wendy Stuart and Tym Moss could “spill the tea” on their weekly show “If These Walls Could Talk” live from Pangea Restaurant on the Lower Eastside of NYC, with their unique style of honest, and emotional interviews, sharing the fascinating backstory of celebrities, entertainers, recording artists, writers and artists and bringing their
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The RSPCA, Alzheimer’s Society and Medical Aid for Palestinians are among the charities shortlisted for recognition at the 2024 Third Sector Awards.  The awards, which mark their 20th year in 2024, recognise the achievements of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in 31 categories, including Communications Campaign of the Year and Small Charity Big Achiever. 
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An animal welfare charity has announced its closure citing a “very difficult financial situation” and ill-health of its trustees. North Devon Animal Ambulance has operated for 23 years and describes itself as specialising in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming domestic animals. In a statement on social media, the charity said it would close its doors “with
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Harpreet Kondel has been named as the next chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.  Kondel, who has had a 30-year career in charity fundraising, was announced as the chair-designate at the CIoF’s annual convention in London yesterday.  She will succeed Nadine Campbell, who is coming to the end of a three-year stint in the
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The fundraising profession must recognise that it is often accepting of behaviours and environments that can leave fundraisers at risk of harassment, experts have warned. Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s annual convention yesterday as part of a panel session titled “Dismantling Patriarchal Structures in Fundraising”, Becky Slack, co-director of the consultancy Agenda, said
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A number of charity leaders have been elected MPs in yesterday’s general election.  Laura Kyrke-Smith, former UK executive director of the International Rescue Committee, has become the first Labour MP for Aylesbury, while Kirsty McNeill, former executive director of policy, advocacy and campaigns at Save the Children UK, was elected the Labour MP for Midlothian. 
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The space race of the 21st century is not between nations, but between China and one man: Elon Musk. As CEO of SpaceX, Musk has revolutionized space travel, achieving milestones once thought impossible. His relentless drive has put SpaceX at the forefront, far outpacing NASA, not to mention Russia, China, and India. In contrast, America’s
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced its recently appointed interim chief executive has resigned before starting the role. Last week, the nursing regulator announced Dawn Brodrick, chief people officer and lead director at the Crown Prosecution Service, would be taking over as interim chief executive and registrar from Andrea Sutcliffe, who has stepped down
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Cancer Research UK is the charity that is recognised by the highest proportion of people, new research has found.  The latest edition of Third Sector’s Charity Brand Index is based on research conducted with a representative sample of 4,000 people in April and May. Participants were asked if they recognised a selection of more than
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An HIV and Aids support charity has announced its closure after 37 years because of difficulty in securing funding amid rising costs. NAM Aidsmap, which provides information and resources on HIV and Aids, had eight employees and an income of £764,449 in 2022, according to its latest accounts on the Charity Commission’s online register. It
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A former manager of a Scottish social care charity has been imprisoned for 12 months after admitting to embezzling about £40,000 from the charity’s vulnerable residents. Violet Connor, 67, of Fife, appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on 27 June and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after admitting stealing £40,060 from residents of Sense Scotland,
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The Charity Governance Code should be made simpler, finance leaders have been told.  Speaking at the Charity Finance Group conference last week, the consultant Pesh Framjee, a special adviser to the CFG, said the code, which is voluntary, could be tailored to reach more charities.  Framjee said he was “surprised at the number of charities
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The philanthropist and entrepreneur Sir Jack Petchey, whose foundation has invested more than £170m in youth projects, has died at the age of 98. In a statement, the Jack Petchey Foundation said its founder died at his home in Wapping, London on 27 June, aged 98. Petchey started the foundation in 1999 to support people
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