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Accounts at Scottish breast cancer charity frozen

Howard Lake | 27 May 2003 | News

The action was taken after the Court of Session heard that only a small amount of the money Breast Cancer Research (Scotland) raised was spent on charitable work.

According to BBC News, the Lord Advocate, Colin Boyd QC, told the court that only £1.5m of £13.2m raised by the Glasgow-based organisation had been used for cancer research.

The judge Lord Drummond Young has ordered that the charity’s professional fundraiser, Tony Freeman of Solutions RMC, who has worked for the charity since 1997, should “not be involved in the management or control of the charity.” The court was told that Mr Freeman had been paid commission of about 60% of the total income raised through selling lottery tickets.

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Solutions RMC were unable to provide a comment to The Guardian or the BBC. The charity’s Web site says only that: “Due to current circumstances, the Breast Cancer Research (Scotland) website will not be in operation until further notice.” However, their online donation page still appears to be functioning.

Solutions RMC’s Web site claims: “We are members of the UK Institute of Fundraising, the European EU Consult and the International Association of Fundraising Professionals. Membership of these bodies ensures that we continue to be compliant with appropriate codes of conduct and practice pertinent to a professional consulting service provider within the not-for-profit sector.”

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