50,000 sign petition on Christie's Iceland cash

Cancer care charity lost £6.5m in Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander collapse

Cancer care charity Christie's has attracted more then 50,000 signatures to a petition calling for a refund of the £6.5m it lost in the Icelandic banking crisis.

The charitable arm of The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester had the money deposited in Icelandic bank Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander when it went into administration last year.

It has been told by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme that it does not meet the criteria for a payout, which typically cover small firms and individuals (Third Sector Online, 16 March).

The charity, which launched the petition on 11 March, said supporters had signed in person at the hospital, by mail through the Manchester Evening News and online at the 10 Downing Street website. The petition is already among the most popular on the site.

"It's been incredible how the people of Manchester have felt about this," a charity spokeswoman said. "Here in the hospital, people have been queuing up to sign it.

"Our local MPs have signed up. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has signed up. It's been the subject of parliamentary motions. It's been raised at Prime Minister's question time and Treasury question time."

She said the petition would be delivered to Downing Street in May.

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