Charities to go to High Court to help decide how Dove Trust’s lost cash will be repaid

Bryan Gunn is one of three trustees of the Dove Trust. He set up the Bryan Gunn appeal in 1993 in memory of his two-year-old daughter Francesca who died from leukaemia. Photo: Paul Hewitt; Copy:EN sport; For:EN sport; EN pics © 2009; (01603) 772435 Bryan Gunn is one of three trustees of the Dove Trust. He set up the Bryan Gunn appeal in 1993 in memory of his two-year-old daughter Francesca who died from leukaemia. Photo: Paul Hewitt; Copy:EN sport; For:EN sport; EN pics © 2009; (01603) 772435

Rosa McMahon rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
9:39 AM

Almost 2,000 good causes owed money by a Norfolk charity can have their say on how available funds should be distributed.

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The Charity Commission shut down the Dove Trust, based at Bawdeswell, near Dereham, in July last year after serious concerns were raised over its financial management.

The statutory investigation found 1,800 charities had not received 
cash which was intended for them, with potential liabilities – the majority of which is the money owed to charities and running costs – estimated to be around £2.2m.

The High Court last week confirmed charities owed cash could have a say on how the £500,000 already recovered from the £2.2m figure will be repaid.

An interim manager was appointed to the trust and its trustees, including former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn and Donna Naghshineh, were excluded from its control.

The fundraising page charitygiving.co.uk was suspended and its bank accounts restricted, as was the Bryan Gunn Appeal because it is a charitable activity of the Dove Trust, sharing the same charity number.

Keith Colman, the founder of the charity, resigned from his position as a trustee.

Kenneth Dibble, chief legal adviser and head of legal services at the Charity Commission, said: “We do not expect that all charities affected will wish to present evidence, but we know that some charities affected do have coherent legal arguments or evidence to support a certain approach to distributing the funds.”

Any charity wanting to be heard has until 4pm on April 23 to submit evidence to the Charity Commission, PO Box 1227, Liverpool L69 3UG or by emailing litigationandreview@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.

Anyone wanting to be heard at court has until 4pm on May 1. They should file an application in Form N244 to be joined to the proceedings at http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n244-eng.pdf

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