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.

Tasked not only with fund-raising, but for restoring the public reputation and image of Prince Harry's charity Sentebale, Kedge Martin is keen to ensure that there will be no repeat of an incident that took place in her previous post. Mandrake can disclose that while Martin was chief executive of WellChild, of which Harry is patron, a former Conservative MP, Matthew Gordon Banks, was arrested for trying to take money from the charity, which helps sick children and their families.

Tasked not only with fund-raising, but for restoring the public reputation and image of Prince Harry's charity Sentebale, Kedge Martin is keen to ensure that there will be no repeat of an incident that took place in her previous post. Mandrake can disclose that while Martin was chief executive of WellChild, of which Harry is patron, a former Conservative MP, Matthew Gordon Banks, was arrested for trying to take money from the charity, which helps sick children and their families.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Kedge Martin, the CEO 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;-

Last month, Martin 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 - Barbadian Sun, better than British chill anyday, what?

Ah - Barbadian Sun, better than British chill anyday, what?

Ah, yes, well that makes it okay then? Nothing like the Caribbean breeze, damn the expense… The audited spending did 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 theright projects”.

The following year, it spent £707,000 oncharitable activities“. But £279,000 went on staff and fundraising, £48,000 more than was received in donations.”

Now, all of a sudden, one of Sentebale’s top organisers has culled itself from the fold? Again, Kedge Martin seeks to exert damage control;-

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.”

HRH galloping like his Charity expenses, perhaps he's on a quest to find worthwhile personnel to manage those Brit donations?

HRH Harry, galloping like his Charity expenses, perhaps he's on a quest to find worthwhile personnel to manage those donations from not only the UK but host countries like Barbados?

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.

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