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.
“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.
Despite what it says, Cancer Recovery Foundation – UK isn’t always “happy to answer questions about our fundraising”.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.