Naomi House, the children’s hospice that is one of the charities affected by the collapse of the Icelandic banks, has launched an online petition on behalf of all charities similarly affected, using the government’s number10.gov.uk online petitions site.
Specifically the petition asks the Prime Minister “to do everything in his power to assist with the recovery of funds lost by UK charities in the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander”.
Naomi House has £5.7 million invested with Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander. The charity’s trustees this week decided to suspend its Hospice at Home service, in which staff give care to dying children at home. The charity’s chairman presented this as directly related to its inability to access these funds.
Jane Tabor, Director of Fundraising, emailed a wide range of supporters and contacts yesterday to encourage them to sign the petition. “Please help us to prove this can work as well for Naomi House as they say it did for Barack Obama!”, she said.
She explained: “Number 10 would not allow us to start a petition specifically for Naomi House so the petition on the attached link is for UK charities in general. If we can all get sufficient signatures we may be able to get the government to focus on the plight of UK charities and do something positive for us all”.
At the time of writing there are 2,315 signatures on the petition.
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