The charity set up in memory of Bradley Lowery, the young football fan who died from a rare form of cancer last year, has strongly rejected claims that some of its funds have been misused.
But after claims were made on social media that some of the money had been misspent, the foundation posted on its Facebook page a long defence of its work.
The statement, which refers to Bradley’s parents Gemma and Carl and their son Kieran, says the charity has had a number of success stories, despite claims to the contrary.
"Each day for Gemma, Carl and Kieran is struggle, but what does Gemma do? She gets up and helps support other families in the hope they never have to feel the pain her family are going through," the statement says.
"We do not go out seeking children to help – families come to us and ask. Not everyone wants or needs to fundraise, and only when they approach us do we offer support."
It says that the charity is in the midst of its annual audit and drawing up its annual accounts, and sets out the charity’s priorities.
"We support with fundraising, we give out grants, we help families get their questions answered," the Facebook statement says.
"Not just that, we work with other charities to get better treatments so your kids get the best that is on offer.
"Our aim is to help children with funding that is not available on the NHS, and for this reason we cannot help fund NHS hospitals."