Two charities bearing Sir Jimmy Savile's name to close

Trustees of the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust and the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust say they cannot see a future for either organisation

Sir Jimmy Savile
Sir Jimmy Savile

Two charities set up by Sir Jimmy Savile are to close because of the child sex-abuse allegations that are being made against the late broadcaster.

The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust and the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust said earlier this month that they were considering changing their names when the scandal about the presenter first emerged.

But after meeting yesterday, trustees decided to close both charities because their continued existence was "potentially damaging to the charitable beneficiaries and the vital work they do".

"The trustees feel that, whatever new name they may adopt, the charities will always be linked in the public’s mind with the late Jimmy Savile and trustees cannot see a future for either charity," a statement from the trustees said.

"Trustees have, with great sadness, therefore decided to take steps to bring both charities to an end."

The same three people are on the boards of both charities – there is one other person on the board of the Stoke Mandeville trust.

The assets of both charities would be distributed to other charitable causes, trustees said, but the recipients would remain anonymous.

According to figures on the Charity Commission website, the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust had funds of £3.7m at the end of 2011/12; its income was £132,546 and its expenditure was £43,866 in the same year. It was registered in 1984 to support people with disabilities and the elderly.

The Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust had funds of £1.7m, according to its latest accounts. Its purpose is to help people with disabilities through supporting the work of the hospital.

Neither charity has any employees.

The Charity Commission said the trustees had not so far contacted the regulator about their decision.

"Whether to wind up a charity is a decision for its trustees to make and, in most cases, trustees do not require our permission or authorisation to close their charity," a spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said.

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