- This story has been corrected, please see final paragraph
The chief executive of a housing advice charity in Leicester has donated 10 per cent of his salary to the charity to help protect its services.
David Brazier, chief executive of the Shelter Housing Aid and Research Project, said the donation, which included Gift Aid worth £5,000, would go towards the charity's target of raising £100,000 by December this year.
Sharp has lost £160,000, or 40 per cent, of its income this year through contract losses. Brazier's donation takes the amount raised so far to £25,000.
Sharp offers free, confidential and impartial advice to people in need of housing. Demand for its services has gone up by more than 80 per cent, from 307 inquiries in 2009/10 to 556 in 2010/11.
After incorporating some of its savings into its current budget, the charity needs an extra £100,000 to protect existing services.
According to Brazier, if the charity failed to reach its £100,000 fundraising target by the end of this year, it might have to open for as few as two days a week rather than the current five.
He said the charity had contacted a number of wealthy people requesting donations. "We need the money – I hope that if I make the gesture it will encourage other people to do the same," he said.
A spokesman for the chief executives body Acevo said: "It's his personal decision to donate the money and we support donations to charities.
"However, we wouldn't want trustees across the country to think 'we have a funding gap so let's lop something of the chief executive's salary'. This is not sustainable – they need highly skilled, experienced chief executives and they shouldn't affect their ability to get them."
- Due to an editing error, the story says the donation "included Gift Aid worth £5,000". It should say the donation including Gift Aid was worth £5,000.