- 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/)
- 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 The website is out of date: at 28 November Dove Promotions says that its next prize draw takes place 17 November “20014” [sic]: http://www.dovepromotionsltd.co.uk/index.php/latest-draws.
- 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.
- 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.
- On 28 November, I emailed Mr Pilley at the football club (email@example.com). Can he tell us how much of the £2.50 Dove Promotions ticket price goes to charity Open Doors? No one else will.