Charity might reverse its decision to reject Presidents Club cash

In the wake of the sexism scandal that engulfed the Presidents Club, the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity said it would return £350,000 of donations

The Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is considering reversing its decision to return £530,000 of donations from the scandal-hit Presidents Club charity dinner.

The charity was among those that said they would return or reject donations from the Presidents Club after undercover journalists from the Financial Times newspaper found that young women hired as hostesses at the club’s annual men-only dinner were allegedly subject to groping, flashing and lewd comments by some guests.

Representatives from the hospital charity are due to meet Charity Commission staff later this week to discuss the situation, before trustees make a final decision at the end of March.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: "We can confirm that we are in discussions with the Charity Commission and are scheduled to meet it later this week.

"Following this meeting and taking into account the latest developments with the Presidents Club Charitable Trust and feedback from our supporters, we will consider our position at our March trustee meeting."

In the wake of the allegations, trustees of the Presidents Club said it would wind up, with any remaining funds distributed to children’s charities.

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