December 3, 2022

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Charities seek to distance themselves from Michelle Mone after PPE claims

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Charities linked to Baroness Mone and her husband are distancing themselves from the couple after they were accused of secretly receiving £29 million by lobbying for a PPE company.

ActionAid has said it will no longer accept any donations from the Barrowman Foundation which was founded by Mone’s husband, the financier Doug Barrowman, and lists her as a trustee. ActionAid is an international agency that aims to tackle poverty and injustice around the world.

The Prince’s Trust and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity also said they had no plans to receive any future support from Barrowman or Mone. Other charities have said the affiliations on the couple’s websites are out of date.

The Charity Commission had already opened a compliance case into the Barrowman Foundation over alleged unsecured loans before the latest accusations.

The foundation lists ActionAid as a partner on their website. However, the charity said: “The last donation we received from the Barrowman Foundation was in 2021 and we will not be accepting any further donations.” The spokesman added that they would chase up the removal of the ActionAid logo from the Barrowman Foundation website as it was no longer accurate.

The Prince’s Trust also features on the Barrowman Foundation website as a partner. A spokesman for the trust said: “We have not received any funds from Mr Barrowman since February 2019 and have no plans to accept any further donations.”

Mone, from Dennistoun, Glasgow, has been vocal in her support of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and has donated to the hospital since her mother received treatment for breast cancer there in 2020. After her wedding to Doug Barrowman in 2021, Mone vowed to give her wedding dress and shoes to the charity for auction but decided to make a £10,000 cash donation to the cancer hospital instead.

Yesterday a spokesman for the cancer charity said: “We have been grateful to receive support from Baroness Michelle Mone in the past. We are not in…

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