Transplant Trust taken to court over unpaid PR bill

Charity had failed to pay bill for work promoting National Transplant Week

Organ donation charity the Transplant Trust, which received a grant of £84,000 from the Department of Health, partly to promote National Transplant Week, was taken to court after failing to pay £3,650 to a public relations company that publicised the event.

Lawrence Pritchard Public Relations did promotional work before National Transplant Week, which took place last July, but was asked to stop before the week commenced.

Nigel Lawrence, a director of the firm, said he resorted to court action after the charity failed to pay for some of the work his firm had carried out.

The charity told Lawrence in June that it was suspending its PR activity. "The charity simply doesn't have the money to keep the external PR effort going," it said in an email. "The trustees have to ensure that the charity can continue to keep going."

Court documents show the charity paid £3,650, plus £100 in fees, to Lawrence last month after receiving a warrant of execution from the court ordering it to do so.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said the charity received £84,000, in part to help fund the National Transplant Week campaign. The department was satisfied that it had been appropriately spent, he said.

The Transplant Trust did not respond to enquiries from Third Sector.

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