Children's charity gives sex shop owner the sack

Graham Willgoss

Barnardo's has fired the manager of one of its charity shops after she applied for a sex shop licence for a boutique she co-owned.

Helen Beaton, manager of the Barnardo's shop in Selkirk, Scotland, was suspended in December after she sought permission to sell explicit DVDs and videos in her boutique, called Moist, in neighbouring Galashiels (Third Sector, 11 January).

She was dismissed at a disciplinary hearing on 30 January after an internal investigation. The charity said it was concerned about the impact the application would have on its reputation.

Beaton is considering challenging the decision and declined to comment.

But her business partner in Moist, Shona Jackson, said: "It's a disgrace for an organisation such as Barnardo's to behave in such an uncharitable way to someone who has done nothing wrong and broken no laws. As far as I'm concerned, it has completely blown its own reputation by sacking Helen."

Barnardo's declined to comment other than to confirm Beaton's dismissal.

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