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1800 charities receive cash from failed Norfolk trust 

A Charity Commission investigation into the Mid Norfolk-based Dove Trust is coming to an end with up to 1800 charities receiving back around two-thirds of the money they are owed from the former website. Keith Morris reports.

DoveTrust124A number of Norfolk Christian projects and organisations were among the 1,810 charities that were affected by the suspension of the online giving website back in 2013.
The investigation into the charity fundraiser has cost the regulator £650,000 over six years and now the Charity Commission is hoping to claim back some of its costs from an £84,000 surplus in the trust’s funds. The surplus is there because a number of the charities owed money no longer exist to claim it back.
At the time of suspension, the charity website had around £710,000 of funds with debts of £1.7m, owed mostly to charities which raised money through the site.
Originally it was thought that charities would receive back around 33p for every pound they were owed but this has now increased to 68p.
The original trustees of the Dove Trust, who are no longer associated with it, were founder Keith Colman, former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn and Donna Naghshiheh.
Norfolk-based charities listed on the website in 2013 included The Mancroft Advice Project, Bryan Gunn’s Appeal, Families House and Voice for Change as well as national faith charities such as Christians Against Poverty, Youth2000 and Make Poverty History.
Anyone who still has a claim on the Dove Trust funds should contact the Charity Commission by January 17, 2020 at the latest at: or by post to Litigation and Review, Charity Commission, PO Box 211, Bootle, L20 7YS.
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