From Prize Promotions Limited to Targeted Management Limited

  1. The military charity Our Local Heroes Foundation (registered charity number: 1142029) has a new official professional fundraiser: Targeted Management Limited, itself a new company. But who are they exactly?
  2. The charity previously worked with Prize Promotions Limited, the discredited Blackpool-based professional fundraiser. That company is now in administration, as I reported 27 January 2015. Readers will remember that Our Local Heroes Foundation had told BBC Radio 5 live at the start of November last year that it would stop working with Prize Promotions Limited – only to still be working together in December.
  3. On 19 February 2015, Steve Pearson, the founder of the charity, announced on its website the results of the first prize draw organised by Targeted Management Limited on its behalf. Here is his announcement as it appeared at 26 February 2015: https://web.archive.org/web/20150226161056/http://www.ourlocalheroes.org.uk/news/.
  4. So Our Local Heroes Foundation has finally stopped working with Prize Promotions Limited, it seems. But who owns Targeted Management Limited (company number: 09036445)? Tony Chadwick, the owner of… Prize Promotions Limited.

Army of Heroes in Liverpool city centre – photo

  1. Army of Heroes is yet another bogus military charity from in or around Blackpool. In December 2014, I encountered its wristband sellers in Manchester city centre. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/army-of-heroes-yet-another-bogus-military-charity-from-blackpool/)
  2. Here is a photo of Army of Heroes in Liverpool city centre 12 February 2015, between Church Street (see sign) and Williamson Street. The logo on their backs is that on the laughable website, www.armyofheroes.org.uk. Keep walking if you’re unfortunate enough to encounter Army of Heroes. (Thanks to Mike Ashworth for the photo.)

Liverpool city centre

Cancer charity sends “bullying” junk mail – The Daily Mirror

  1. On 12 February 2015, Andrew Penman in his column in The Daily Mirror rightly criticises a cancer charity – one that used to work with Prize Promotions Limited, the notorious Blackpool-based professional fundraiser. As I’ve mentioned before, Prize Promotions Limited hasn’t just been an official professional fundraiser for military charities Afghan Heroes and Our Local Heroes Foundation.
  2. The charity is Cancer Recovery Foundation – UK (registered charity number: 1105703), although it appears in Penman’s column as the Children’s Cancer Recovery Project, one of its other names.
  3. A reader complained to Penman after receiving junk mail from the charity that included a free gift, a torch. Seeking cash, the charity invited the recipient to shine the torch to “remember a child with cancer and the light that you can bring to their darkest days”. Yuck.
  4. As the reader says: “It’s moral blackmail and a form of bullying as people would not like to see a charity losing money on said ‘gifts’”.
  5. Many people find the gift “most welcome”, explained the charity. At least Penman got a response. “We’re happy to answer questions about our fundraising”, proclaims Cancer Recovery Foundation – UK. Yet in November last year the charity declined to respond to emails asking why it had stopped working with Prize Promotions Limited. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/were-happy-to-answer-questions-about-our-fundraising-sometimes/) But also why exactly did it work with the discredited company in the first place?