Can Andy Pilley tell us how much of the ticket price goes to charity Open Doors?

  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 still 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) In July, charity trustee David Papagavriel wouldn’t tell me the answer. Instead, he forwarded my second email request for the proportion to Dove Promotions, its official professional fundraiser. But I never heard from Dove Promotions. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/open-doors-the-charity-has-no-control-over-the-prize-draw/)
  2. This summer, Dove Promotions didn’t have a website. The new company does now: http://www.dovepromotionsltd.co.uk. But this too fails to disclose how much of the £2.50 ticket price goes to the charity. The website is out of date: at 28 November Dove Promotions says that its next prize draw takes place 17 November “20014” [sic]: http://www.dovepromotionsltd.co.uk/index.php/latest-draws.
  3. There isn’t much on the website. There are no names of staff, for example. But Dove Promotions does tell us who its “independent adjudicater” [sic] is: Andy Pilley. Mr Pilley is chairman of Fleetwood Town Football Club, currently in League One: http://www.fleetwoodtownfc.com. He is a “highly respected business man throughout Lancashire”, says Dove Promotions. Does this mean that Mr Pilley isn’t respected outside Lancashire? I hope not.
  4. There is a photo of Mr Pilley shaking hands with an unidentified man from Dove Promotions at the “latest” prize draw, 11 August 2014: http://www.dovepromotionsltd.co.uk/index.php/latest-draws. The professional fundraiser is based in Blackpool, at Thornton-Cleveleys. There is a strong similarity between the “DP” logo on the right chest of the Dove Promotions representative in the photo and the “PP” logo used in the same way by the notorious Blackpool-based professional fundraiser, Prize Promotions Limited on its uniforms. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/our-local-heroes-foundation-less-than-17-of-3-price-of-wristbands-goes-to-the-charity/) Further, the branding for Dove Promotions is inconsistent: the website shows a bird logo.
  5. On 28 November, I emailed Mr Pilley at the football club (info@fleetwoodtownfc.com). Can he tell us how much of the £2.50 Dove Promotions ticket price goes to charity Open Doors? No one else will.

“We’re happy to answer questions about our fundraising” – sometimes

  1. “We’re happy to answer questions about our fundraising”, says charity Cancer Recovery Foundation – UK. But it isn’t.
  2. Prize Promotions Limited of Blackpool hasn’t just been an official professional fundraiser for military charities Afghan Heroes and Our Local Heroes Foundation. It also worked with Cancer Recovery Foundation – UK (registered charity number: 1105703), as I noted in January. (See para 34 in https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/the-fundraiser-the-comedian-and-the-ex-cabinet-minister-the-tale-of-a-military-charity/)
  3. The charity now says that Prize Promotions Limited organised one prize draw only on its behalf, that on 8 June 2013. (http://cancerrecovery.org.uk/prizepromotionsdraw/june2013)
  4. “We’re happy to answer questions about our fundraising”, proclaims Cancer Recovery Foundation – UK. (http://cancerrecovery.org.uk/fundraisingmethods/faqs) On 11 November, I emailed to ask why it had stopped working with Prize Promotions Limited. Not receiving a reply, I asked again a week later, 18 November. Again, no response.
  5. Despite what it says, Cancer Recovery Foundation – UK isn’t always “happy to answer questions about our fundraising”.

Army of Angels: From TTS Promotions to Vale Promotions

  1. The military charity Army of Angels has a new official professional fundraiser, Vale Promotions. Here I show why Vale Promotions invites suspicion.
  2. In April, a trustee of the military charity Help 4 Homeless Veterans, Kevin Hartley, rebuked me after I’d written about his charity and its official professional fundraiser, TTS Promotions Limited/ TTS Promotions (UK) Ltd. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/trustee-of-help-4-homeless-veterans-asks-why-im-attacking-vulnerable-ex-service-personnel/) As you can see, Hartley took particular exception to my examining his professional fundraiser.
  3. The previous month, I’d revealed that Army of Angels used to work with TTS Promotions – until Army of Angels suddenly ended the relationship without explanation 4 October 2013. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/tts-promotions-limited-was-fundraiser-for-army-of-angels/)
  4. TTS Promotions was this summer working with yet another military charity, Forces Support (registered charity number: 1136954; http://www.forcessupport.org.uk/). I know because in July someone wrote to me complaining about the alleged unacceptable conduct of TTS Promotions when raising funds for Forces Support. (The person wishes to remain anonymous.)
  5. Well, it seems that Forces Support has got rid of TTS Promotions: see this announcement from the charity dated 1 September 2014 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForcesSupportCharity/posts/531164353681472. My correspondent wasn’t the only one dissatisfied with TTS Promotions: the charity apparently received “constant complaints”. There Forces Support says that it has reported TTS Promotions to the police.
  6. Back to Army of Angels: it now uses another professional fundraiser to organise its prize draws, Vale Promotions: http://www.armyofangels.org.uk/can-you-help/skill-draw. The charity provides no other information about the company on that page – no link to a website, say – just its name.
  7. So who exactly are Vale Promotions? Or rather who is Vale Promotions, as the company has one director, Sean Lockett, according to Companies House. It’s a new company, only incorporated 20 August 2014. Like TTS Promotions, Vale Promotions doesn’t actually have a website. Yet there’s a more important similarity: Sean Lockett was a director of TTS Promotions (UK) Ltd until 21 October 2014. And he remains a director of TTS Promotions Limited.
  8. Sterling Support preceded TTS Promotions as official professional fundraiser for Army of Angels. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/tts-promotions-limited-was-fundraiser-for-army-of-angels/) After Army of Angels, Sterling Support worked with the notorious new military charity, Families of the Brave. In March, I helped expose Families of the Brave and Sterling Support. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/families-of-the-brave-shows-how-hard-it-is-to-give-with-confidence/) The day after I published my investigation, Sterling Support made its website inaccessible: a password was now required to view it. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/password-required-to-view-sterling-support-website/) While in April, the Families of the Brave website vanished. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/families-of-the-brave-whither-the-website/) Both Families of the Brave and Sterling Support now appear to have shut down, as confirmed by Andrew Penman in his 13 November 2014 column in the Daily Mirror newspaper. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/opinion/the-veterans-trust-4619833)
  9. Sterling Support, then TTS Promotions – Army of Angels has previously worked with discredited professional fundraisers. While new official professional fundraiser, Vale Promotions, is in fact run by a director of TTS Promotions. It is clear that Vale Promotions invites suspicion.

Our Local Heroes Foundation to stop working with Prize Promotions Limited – on BBC Radio 5 live

  1. On 9 November 2014, I appeared as a live studio guest on 5 live Investigates, the BBC Radio 5 live programme. This was after I’d brought to their attention my findings on two military charities, Our Local Heroes Foundation and Afghan Heroes. Both charities share the same official professional fundraiser: Prize Promotions Limited of Blackpool.
  2. As a result of my enquiries and those of Rob Cave from 5 live Investigates, Our Local Heroes Foundation told the programme that it will stop working with Prize Promotions Limited.
  3. You can listen to yesterday’s episode of 5 live Investigates for four weeks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nvbw6.