Website outlines sexism and bullying claims against Melton Mowbray Town Estate charity

Former trustee takes protest online

A former trustee of a historic Leicestershire charity has launched a website that details how she believes she and another female trustee were driven off its board.

Pat Cumbers was elected to the board of the Melton Mowbray Town Estate in 2007. She was one of only two female trustees - or 'feoffees' - at the 460-year old charity, which runs many of the town's parks and leisure facilities.

Cumbers claims she and her female colleague, Sue Gowans, were not welcome at the charity and faced sexism, bullying and "kangaroo courts". She says she was finally driven off the board last October when she was unconstitutionally barred from standing for re-election at a town meeting.

Cumbers said putting together the website had not been easy. "Remembering how we were treated was painful," she said. She said she hoped the website would expose untruths and rally support for her proposal that the charity's existing board should be removed. She also said it would highlight the lack of legal redress for trustees who have been discriminated against.

A spokeswoman for the charity said no one was available to comment.

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