Heyday members offered money back

Newly merged age charity seeks 'clean start' after Age Concern's failed membership scheme closes

The 44,000 members of Age Concern England's disbanded membership organisation Heyday have been offered refunds.

Tom Wright, chief executive of the organisation formed this month by the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged, told Third Sector the new charity was not planning any direct replacement for Heyday and that members of the £26-a-year scheme had been offered their money back.

Age Concern England and its business arm Acent sank £22m into Heyday, which offered products and services to people nearing retirement. Membership income totalled just £700,000.

A Charity Commission inquiry into Heyday, published in February, accused trustees of failing to show "sufficient oversight". Sir Christopher Kelly, former chief executive of the NSPCC, is conducting a review.

Wright said the charity was making a clean start. "We have a new chair, a new chief executive and predominantly new trustees," he said.

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