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Charity Sacks London Marathon Snail For Slow Sales

by | 13th, June 2011

LLOYD Scott, the man who took 26 days to travel just over 26 miles dressed as Brian the Snail from The Magic Roundabout , has been sacked. The charity Action for Kids has sacked Lloyd Scott for not raising enough money. He was sacked “due to losses incurred”.

He had hoped to raise £200,000. He raised £19,500. The charity spent £16,000 buying costumes and more on the PR.

Says Scott:

“The trustees made their decision just 11 days after I’d finished the marathon. I hadn’t recovered fully and was unable to fulfil the potential of the event. I don’t think it has been handled in an appropriate manner. Anybody would deserve to be treated better.”

But he cost the charity money. Is the aim of a charity to help the poor or itself?

A brief look at the charity’s accounts for 2009-2010, tells us :

Income this year at £2,446,943 is 11% higher than last year’s total of £2,205,066 and is once again a new record. This is despite the severe economic conditions that have been ever present during the year and continues into the current one… However, our total expenditure on charitable activities, as included in the Statement of Financial Activities, reached yet another new high of £1,903,078…

Wages and employment costs (including pensions) are given at: £1,159,392.

Two employers earned over £60,000 during the year.

Running a charity can be expensive.

Says Action For Kids founder Sally Bishop:

“He was given notice according to his contract with us, due to losses incurred in his latest marathon. Our priority is always to our donors, and the children and families we support. So it is with regret we had to take this decision.”

A lot of hard

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