Open Doors: the charity “has no control over the prize draw”

  1. Charity Open Doors (registered charity number: 1006623) is raising funds from the public with the slogan “Supporting our Heroes”. (http://www.open-doors.org.uk/supporting-our-heroes) The “skill prize draw” Terms and Conditions on its website don’t say how much of the £2.50 ticket price goes to the charity. (http://www.open-doors.org.uk/skill-prize-draw/terms-conditions) I have twice emailed the public contact, David Papagavriel, for the proportion. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/open-doors-a-week-later-i-ask-again/)
  2. On 5 July 2014, Mr Papagavriel replied to my second email. He said he had “no record of a previous email”. The charity “has no control over the prize draw as it it [sic] conducted by an outside fundraising/promotions company”, he added. Finishing, Mr Papagavriel stated that he’d forwarded my email to Dove Promotions Ltd, the official professional fundraiser, “who are better placed to answer the questions raised.”
  3. His response is inadequate. The tickets are sold in the name of Open Doors. The law says a charity needs a written contract to work with a professional fundraiser. (http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/running-a-charity/fundraising/working-with-companies-and-professional-fundraisers/) It’s not credible for trustee Mr Papagavriel to claim that Open Doors “has no control over the prize draw”.
  4. I’ve heard nothing from Dove Promotions Ltd, anyway.
  5. Oh, and the charity’s “Our Supporters” web page still says only “under construction”. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/open-doors-our-supporters-web-page-under-construction/)
  6. I’ve seen enough to be suspicious of Open Doors and its “Supporting our Heroes” fundraising activities.
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  1. Pingback: Can Andy Pilley tell us how much of the ticket price goes to charity Open Doors? | Dr Alex May

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