Open Doors: How much of the ticket price goes to the charity?

  1. On 23 June 2014, I received a comment at my “Contact Me” page bringing to my attention the charity Open Doors (registered charity number: 1006623). Please read the comment from “General”.
  2. The Open Doors website is As you can see, the homepage shows the Union flag and a saluting soldier in silhouette. In the top-left corner, there is a link “Supporting our Heroes”. The “Supporting our Heroes” page states: “Our fundraising is simple, we sell skill prize draw tickets, you answer a simple question and then you just sit back and wait for the draw date.” (
  3. Although Open Doors is in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex there is still a Blackpool connection (Please see my posts with the Blackpool tag.) The charity’s official professional fundraiser, Dove Promotions Ltd, is based in Thornton-Cleveleys, part of the Blackpool Urban Area. A new company, incorporated 22 January 2014, Dove Promotions Ltd doesn’t have a website.
  4. The “skill prize draw” Terms and Conditions on the Open Doors website don’t say how much of the £2.50 ticket price goes to the charity. (
  5. David Papagavriel is the public contact for the charity, according to the Charity Commission website. On 24 June 2014, I emailed him for the proportion (

5 thoughts on “Open Doors: How much of the ticket price goes to the charity?

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  2. The Blackpool/Westcliff on Sea connection is interesting. Westcliff on Sea is a centre for this type of charity (charities that spend only a very small proportion of their income on the good cause). Looking at the Open Doors page on the Charity Commission website they certainly appear to have an odd financial history.

  3. And two of the trustees of Open Doors used (in the 1990s) to run a company called Cloverleaf Promotions, based in Liverpool. They then ran something called the Clover Leaf Trust.

  4. Dove promotions and prize promotions both give about 3p of these tickets maximum, also a lot that goes in there buckets is also bogus! As it can’t be accounted for, scam artists- LUKE VARLEY- TONY CHADWICK- PP! // DP – PETE AND IAN ELLIS!

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