Statement – Hoax donation to Rainbows
On Tuesday we were informed by Virgin Money Giving that Rainbows were due to receive an anonymous donation of £150,000 to the fundraising page of the late Susan Taylor – who tragically died while attempting to swim across the Channel.
This donation was removed from Susan’s online page until it had been confirmed in our bank. After liaising with Virgin Money Giving, we now believe this donation to be a hoax.
Geoff Ellis, chief executive at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, said:
“We are shocked that a person would carry out this appalling act at such a tragic and emotional time.
“Susan devoted her life to Rainbows and since her sad passing, kind-hearted people – many of whom did not know Susan – have honoured her memory by pledging generous donations to her online fundraising page.
“We have relayed the news to the family who are devastated that someone would exploit this heart-breaking situation.”