Charities distance themselves from fundraising concert that claimed it would become 'bigger than Live 8'

Three cancer charities have successfully had their logos removed from the website of a supposedly star-studded charity concert after doubts arose over its legitimacy.

Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care and Bowel Cancer UK, say they never gave permission for the use of their logos and had no knowledge of the concert, which the website claimed was scheduled for 6 October in Sheffield.

The concert organiser, John Paul James, told his local paper, The Carmarthen Journal, that he wanted the event to be “bigger than Live 8” and claimed he was in talks with superstars including Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Elton John to headline the event. However, according to the paper, a spokesman for Elton John denied any knowledge of the event, as did Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium.

Bowel Cancer UK media director Ian Beaumont said his charity had tried to contact the concert organisers after being alerted to the use of the charity’s logo but had been unable to reach them.

“We tried to clarify what it was all about but we weren’t able to get hold of them,” he said. “I spoke to the other charities and all three are saying the same thing. Something weird is going on.”

“We don’t want donors to think we are involved in something spurious,” he added. “If the concert turns out to be genuine then great, but all the indications are that it is not for real.”

Although charities were unable to contact the organiser directly, the Impossible Dream website has now been reduced to a single page with no reference to the charities. It still claims to be “supporting cancer-related charities within the UK”.

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