Charities in a rush to end relationships with Goody

Charities that have worked with Jade Goody were this week distancing themselves after she allegedly made racist remarks in Celebrity Big Brother.

Goody was evicted from the Big Brother house last week amid accusations that she bullied housemate Shilpa Shetty.

Goody attempted to run the London Marathon last year to raise money for the NSPCC, but collapsed after 18 miles. This week, a spokesman for the children's charity said: "We have no plans to work with her."

Barnardo's told Third Sector last year that it had worked with Goody because "she's someone our service-users can relate to" (Third Sector, 12 April 2006). This week, a spokeswoman for the charity declined to say whether it would work with her again.

It was announced at the weekend that Goody will donate her £50,000 fee for appearing in the show and a further £50,000 paid by the News of the World for her first official interview after leaving the house to charities that are as yet unnamed.

Critics have called for Endemol, the makers of Celebrity Big Brother, to donate all its profits from this year's series to charity.An Endemol spokesman said the programme already incorporated a charity element and the company had no plans to donate any further revenue.

One charity that has already distanced itself from Goody is Act Against Bullying. Goody was pictured at one of its events and was described in the media as a "patron".

However, Louise Burfitt-Dons, the charity's founder, said Goody had never acted as a spokeswoman or patron for the organisation.

She said: "It's always been our policy not to use celebrities because you can't control people."

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