Leeds tot Kendal’s cash safe but charity closed down

Kendal Middleton Jessop with her mum Laine.
Kendal Middleton Jessop with her mum Laine.
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A national CHARITY hosting an appeal for Leeds tot Kendal Middleton Jessop is being closed – but £300,000 raised for her is safe.

The move affecting Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) comes after watchdog the Charity Commission appointed a financial firm to manage it.

A spokesman for Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery said: “As a result of their investigations into the dealings and financial position of the charity, the interim managers have now concluded that FAN can unfortunately no longer continue to trade.”

But they assured supporters of Kendal, from Swarcliffe, Leeds, that the funds raised for her so far – which amount to £300,000 – remained protected.

Her dad Stuart Middleton said: “I just feel gobsmacked by it all.”

Kendal, four, has been treated for neuroblastoma for the past two years and last month was told she was cancer-free. Her parents have been running a massive fundraising campaign to pay for care abroad if she required treatment not available in the UK.

Cash raised went into a fund managed by FAN, based in Norfolk. Since Baker Tilly took over, the charity has been run as normal but now will close.

Baker Tilly said fundraising for individual appeals could continue.

“All funds will remain secure, and no funds will be moved without prior consent,” a spokesman added. Investigations are continuing and a report will be published later.

Mr Middleton said they were in discussions with an alternative charity to transfer the Kendal’s Appeal money to, where it would remain ringfenced for the youngster.

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