- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’”.
- 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?