Court of Appeal legacy ruling against animal charities | Police investigation at Kids Company | R Fundraising closes with loss of 99 jobs

Plus: Shortlist announced for Third Sector Awards | Ed Aspel to be head of fundraising at CRUK | Foundations grants top government grants

Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice

The charity sector has expressed concern after the Court of Appeal ruled this week that a daughter should receive £163,000 that her mother had specified in her will should be left to three animal charities. The court granted Heather Ilott the sum on the grounds that her mother, Melita Jackson, did not leave "reasonable provision" for her and she would otherwise face a life of poverty.

The children’s charity Kids Company is being investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police child abuse and sexual exploitation team. It is understood that the investigation relates to allegations made by a former employee to BBC Newsnight and BuzzFeed News. Earlier this month, BBC Newsnight and BuzzFeed News conducted a joint investigation into the running of the charity, which provides emotional and educational support to vulnerable children and young people.

R Fundraising, the telephone fundraising and outsourcing agency, is to close with the loss of 99 jobs, its parent company Fundraising Initiatives said this week. A statement from Fundraising Initiatives, which became one of the largest fundraising agencies in the UK when it bought R Fundraising in January, said that its board had decided "current market conditions" had given it no choice but to close its subsidiary because its position had become "untenable".

An initiative to help save a rainforest in Peru and a partnership between an old people’s charity and West Ham United Football Club are among the finalists in this year’s Third Sector Awards, which recognise excellence in the voluntary sector. This year’s shortlist includes the enivronmental charity Cool Earth, which has been chosen for the Big Impact category for its work to preserve the Ashaninka rainforest in central Peru, and a partnership between the old people’s charity Friends of the Elderly and the West Ham United Foundation, the charitable arm of the football club, in the Charity Partnership category.

Cancer Research UK has appointed Ed Aspel as its executive director of fundraising and marketing. He will replace Richard Taylor, who announced his departure from the charity earlier this year. Aspel is currently director of patient engagement at the charity and will work alongside Taylor over the coming months, the charity said.

The value of grant funding from trusts and foundations has exceeded the value of grant funding from government sources for the first time since at least 2000, according to figures from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

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