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Committee of 25 loses charity status

The Committee of 25 for Handicapped Children has lost its charitable status.

However, in a letter to members, the committee’s board chairman Nicola O’Leary said the organisation intended to appeal the decision.

The Acting Registrar General told the committee it had “consistently failed” to provide audited financial statements as proof that it is “a fit and proper organisation”.

The charity’s registration was cancelled on July 18 as a result, with the organisation also ordered to stop public fundraising.

The letter, shared with

The Royal Gazette, states that financial documents had been requested from the committee on February 27 and March 4.

Audited financial statements are being prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and are expected to be completed by the end of next month. In the meantime, the committee’s board is seeking legal advice to appeal the decision by the charity commissioners.

“Opportunities for continuing the core function of the Committee of 25 to assist the mentally and physically handicapped children in Bermuda are being explored,” the letter to members continues.

While legal options are considered, the organisation will continue to operate the Bargain Box on Serpentine Road, reselling clothing and small goods.

Losing charitable status: The Committee of 25 (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published July 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 26, 2013 at 11:49 pm)

Committee of 25 loses charity status

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