A children’s hospital charity has confirmed it will keep past donations totalling more than £360,000 from the controversial Presidents Club whose gala saw hostesses groped and propositioned by male businessmen.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the charity for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, said it would be keeping £365,000 in donations ‘as we cannot return these in line with our charitable objects’.
It formerly said it would return previous donations, following a men-only dinner at The Dorchester hotel on January 18, which gained notoriety following claims female hostesses had been groped.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the charity for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, has confirmed it will keep past donations totalling more than £360,000 from the controversial Presidents Club
The Presidents Club gala sparked a furious backlash amid allegations hostesses were groped and propositioned by male businessmen
On Thursday the charity confirmed it would not be accepting around £400,000 pledged at this year’s fundraising event.
But it would be keeping money donated before the gala, they said.
During the controversial dinner, businessman Richard Caring, owner of London restaurants The Ivy and Scott’s, bid £400,000 to place his name on a new high dependency unit at the Evelina, the Financial Times previously reported.
Chief executive Kieron Boyle said: ‘Given the nature of reported activity at the Presidents Club fundraising event on 18 January 2018, we are not accepting donations from the event.
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‘We sought clarification from the Charity Commission on the status of historic donations. Following their more detailed guidance, and in light of the Presidents Club Charitable Trust closing, we are retaining previous donations as we cannot return these in line with our charitable objects.’
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, which also pledged to return past funds, remains in talks with the Charity Commission.
The hospital confirmed on Monday it is in discussions with the Charity Commission and will consider its position at a trustee meeting in March.