Jimmy Savile trust snubs victims’ charity

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A charity for victims of child sex abuse has been dealt a funding blow by the trust set up by Jimmy Savile.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) asked for cash to support its work after receiving a flood of calls in the wake of the sex abuse scandal surrounding the disgraced late entertainer.

But trustees of the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust emailed chief executive Pete Saunders to tell him that the application had been rejected.

Mr Saunders said: “It’s deeply disappointing. There’s a sense that they owe us because we have had a deluge of calls resulting from the revelations about Savile.

“If all the money is going to good causes we don’t have an issue with that, but as a small charity that’s always fighting for funding we felt we would be worthy of consideration.”

The charitable trust was set up in 1985 with the aim of providing relief for victims of poverty and sickness, as well as other unspecified good causes.

Its last accounts showed it had funds totalling £3.7m in 2011-12.

The trust closed last year amid the backlash against Savile, who died in October 2011. The trustees said all remaining funds would be distributed to other charities.

However, most of the cash looks set to be swallowed up by claims from victims and legal fees.

More than 40 victims have lodged civil claims for compensation against the estate of the disgraced Jim’ll Fix It presenter.

More victims are expected to join the compensation claims, which could result in a substantial payout.

Jo Summers, solicitor for the trustees, said: “At the current time, it looks highly likely that the whole estate will be wiped out by claims and legal fees, so the trust will inherit nothing.”

Mr Saunders said there were concerns about large amounts of money being given directly to victims.

He said: “It’s not always helpful to dole money out to individual survivors.

“I know from personal experience that for vulnerable people, receiving large sums of money is not always the best thing.

“Money should always come with an offer of help and support. We think survivor organisations are better placed to manage that.”