'Charity' run by former footballer to be contacted by the regulator

The Charity Commission will get in touch with the Alexander Du'Bel Wish Foundation, run by Damian Batt, after it was alleged that the organisation is misleading people by calling itself a charity despite being unregistered

Damian Batt playing for Oxford United
Damian Batt playing for Oxford United

A foundation run by a former footballer will be contacted by the Charity Commission after it was alleged that it has misled people by calling itself a charity despite being unregistered.

The Alexander Du’Bel Wish Foundation was set up in June 2015 to fulfil the wishes of terminally ill children and young people, but is not registered with the Charity Commission.

According to records on the Companies House website, Damian Batt, a former footballer for clubs including Oxford United and Dagenham & Redbridge, is the foundation’s company director.

The articles of association on the Companies House website also call the foundation a charity, though it is not registered with the Charity Commission.

A spokesman for the Charity Commission said it would be getting in touch with the foundation about the issue.

The spokesman said: "An application from the Alexander Du’Bel Wish Foundation to register as a charity was received by the commission in 2015. Due to incomplete information in the application, the commission could not register the organisation. We informed the organisation on the additional information that would be required to consider this further.

"If an organisation meets the requirements for charity registration then it must, by law, register with the commission.

"We will be contacting the Alexander Du’Bel Wish Foundation to seek more information about any further application and its ongoing description of the organisation as a charity. This is misleading to the public given that it has not been granted charitable status."

The foundation has yet to publish any accounts.

The Alexander Du’Bel Wish Foundation did not respond to Third Sector’s request for comment.

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