Jemima Khan to wind up charity

A charity for Afghan refugees is to be wound up by Jemima Khan after being 'named and shamed' for not filing its annual accounts.

The Charity Commission has made an example of the Jemima Khan Afghan Refugee Appeal as part of its drive to encourage the sector to improve accountability.

The charity was set up in 2001 to help 80,000 people who had fled the Taliban. Khan said she had intended to close the charity, but was concerned about the effect this might have on her plans to build an orphanage in Kabul. "It's important that the charity is not discredited because of a minor administration error that I wasn't aware of," she said.

Other charities criticised include the Tim Henman Charitable Foundation and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

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