Charity which fundraised for Brocher investigated

A cancer charity which fundraised for a local family has revealed that it is under investigated by the Charity Commission this week.

Families Against Neuroblastoma had made a high profile appeal for cancer-stricken youngster Olivia Downie when she was stranded in a Mexican hospital in 2012.

“This inquiry will examine the financial management of the charity by the trustees. It will also look into whether or not the trustees have complied with the duties and responsibilities under charity law,” a statement from the charity said on Tuesday.

Chartered accountants and business advisers Baker Tilly have been appointed interim managers of the charity in the wake of FAN’s CEO resigning. Frank Shepherd, PR manager at Baker Tilly, commented: “Our role as interim managers is firstly to secure the charity’s funds, and I would like to put your mind at rest that we have done so, and thereafter to take control of the day to day running of the charity assisted by the remaining staff, until such time as a new board of trustees can be appointed.

“I would like to reassure families that we are continuing to operate the charity as normal, which will enable beneficiaries to access the funds raised by their appeals in case of need.”

Meanwhile, the Charity Commission has revealed that they are focusing on a “lack of a proper governance structure at the charity.”