Planet Charity: A charity tug of war over a home

Plus: trouble outside the Seinfelds' and the Red Cross Society of China draws a line

It's all about home, sweet home, this month. In Perth, Australia, Ted Smith, aged 81, has offered to make a million-dollar donation to help Syrian refugees if Andrew Forrest, the billionaire who recently bought his home, walks away from the deal. Forrest bought for £7.4m the 21-room, beach-front home where Smith has lived for the past 43 years and said he would use it to house Syrian refugees. But Smith, who has not yet moved out, claims he was pressured into selling and would make a donation of A$1m (£463,000) if Forrest were to pull out of the deal.

Now to the US, where the comedian Jerry Seinfeld has been having trouble outside his home. His children's efforts to raise funds for his wife's charity by setting up a lemonade stand in front of his Long Island home were scuppered after some mean-spirited neighbours called the cops. The enterprising youths were flogging the drink in aid (lemon-aid, obviously) of the family support charity Baby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001. But the East Hampton village code forbids all forms of peddling, and that was the end of it.

Finally, someone who will be looking forward to going home is Guo Meimei, who made headlines in 2011 after she caused donations to the Red Cross Society of China to plummet when pictures appeared on the internet of her posing with her flash Maserati sports car and falsely claiming to be the manager of one of the charity's subsidiaries. The charity, which has been running a Forget About Guo Meimei campaign, will hope a line can be drawn under the saga now she has been jailed for five years for running an illegal casino in Beijing.

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