Third Sector at Large - Compliance officer might need that charity Dalek

Daleks, the PFRA, Lord Nat Wei and Nick Hurd are on our minds this week

- What do you do once you've fulfilled your boyhood ambition and built a Dalek in your shed? Well, once your family and friends are heartily sick of it, you wheel it out for charity, of course. No doubt they point their nozzles at people and shriek "extra-donate! Extra-donate!" At the last count, six organisations were offering to use the treasured Dr Who creations for fundraising purposes. At the Bugatti Club's Prescott Speed Hill Climb near Cheltenham last month, for example, members of the Charity Dalek Squad were raising funds for the local air ambulance by racing up and down the hill themselves.

- There's been an important appointment at the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association - Marcus Letts is the new compliance officer. The PFRA was going to release a picture, but suddenly remembered he was going to be out there checking up on chuggers, so photos in Third Sector wouldn't exactly help. "We've decided to keep his identity secret as long as possible," says PRFA minder Ian MacQuillin. If his cover's blown, he could go as a Dalek.

- Lord Nat Wei isn't getting any less gnomic as he ruminates about the big society. To illustrate how little we all control our lives, he's been telling people he doesn't know where his own appendix is. About half way down on the right, Nat, a bit below the ribcage.

- Never mind the students - even the police are getting mutinous. A Third Sector reporter was carrying an invitation to an event called The Future of Public Services through security at the Houses of Parliament when PC Plod pointed at it and asked: "Is there one?"

- At the event, organised by the charity consortium 3SC, the charities minister, Nick Hurd, had wine spilt over his legs by fellow MP Chris White. Hurd, who probably got used to the throwing of food and drink at his Oxford college, said it would not affect his view of White's private member's bill that would add a social clause to public service contracts. Sure enough, he later said the government would back the measure.

Mathew Little is away. Contact Third Sector at thirdsector@haymarket.com

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