Small Victory -
Following emails to BBC Children In Need in Wales about Gazzas apparent altruism (aka marketing) via a CIN event, here is the outcome. Guess it has made life just that little bit more uncomfortable/costly/time consuming for the organisers and Gazza.
RE: Fraudulent psychics and Children In Need Monday, 10 November, 2008 10:40 AM
From: "Marc Phillips" <email@example.com>
I referred this matter to our marketing team whose responsibility is to monitor this type of activity. They have informed me that the following steps have been taken:
1. We have spoken to the event organiser and confirmed that there is a fundraising link, hence the reference to Children in Need is legitimate.
2. She has been advised to reprint materials to remove our branding.
3. If this doesn't happen, she will receive the same request from our lawyers
What we can't do is bring into question the legitimacy of the 'therapists', as with all people who raise funds for us. We do, however, need to ensure there is a clear level of distinction between organised branded charity activity and that of fundraisers on our behalf, and we have taken steps in this case to ensure that distinction.
Once again, I am grateful to you for bringing this case to our attention.
Marc Marc Phillips
Pennaeth BBC Plant Mewn Angen yng Nghymru
Head of BBC Children in Need in Wales
Room / Ystafell: M1010 Caerdydd / Cardiff CF5 2YQ
Direct Line / Llinell Uniongyrchol: 029 203 22398
Fax / Ffacs : 029 2032 2337
So it might reduce CIN income by a few quid, but he is such a naughty fibbing boy. If he really wanted to help he could put himself in stocks and let people throw rotten eggs at him for a quid a go and probably make more money (Imagine the sign: "Throw rotten eggs at a lying, cheating, fraudulent naughty boy- £1 per egg for CIN" probably make a lot more!, so I do not feel guilty.