Sentebale Charity Polo under Microscope? Questions raised over disbursement of funds
Earlier in the year, we mentioned we’d get back to you as to how much the Sentebale Charity Chukkas raised for the children of Lesotho. It seems the answer raises more questions than resolves issues of transparency and accountability. The British media have cleared Prince Harry, probably as none of the paper trails point his way – also it appears his mien & nature does not lend itself to such heinousness.
According to the Daily Telegraph,for handling Sentebale had chaired another benefit from HRH which also tanked, and this in conjunction with numerous trips to our Gem of the Caribbean Sea made a few people start to get antsy;-
“raised eyebrows when she told journalists how she had had to fly to Barbados “several times” to organise a polo match for Sentebale in January.
“I had to go, of course,“ Mandrake reported her saying. “I’ve been so often I’ve grown to love the island.“”
Ah, yes, well that makes it okay then? Nothing like the Caribbean breeze, damn the expense… Thedid not quite add up according to public figures;-
“…Sentebale had been able to give only £84,000 of the £1.15million it had raised to the African orphans it was set up to help.
“It said the expenditure was expected to be high in the first 18 months and it was important that the money was spent on the “right projects”.
“The following year, it spent £707,000 on “charitable activities“. But £279,000 went on staff and fundraising, £48,000 more than was received in donations.”
“Mandrake can disclose that Charles Denton, the former boss of the beauty products company Molton Brown, has resigned.
“He is leaving Sentebale, having overseen a major restructuring,” confirms a spokesman.
Kedge Martin, the chief executive of the charity set up in 2006, says: “We are all incredibly grateful to Charles for everything he has done.” The board of trustees is now looking for a new chairman.”
This year’s funds raised by the Royal charity involve the investment of many Barbadians’ hard-earned funds during the middle of a recession, one can only hope there will be better disclosure… And full accountability for those who abuse privileges.