The Presidents Club Charity Dinner, (see link above for report) is one of the hottest talking points this week; and the fallout from it is only going to get worse as the week goes on, as the names of Celebrity attendees will undoubtedly be released.
David Mellor, who is the Chair of the Presidents Club, is already stepping down from the Department of Educations board, and I would expect several more high-level resignations and “apologies” very soon.
Since the news broke of the charity-grope-fest, a number of charities have decided to return donations received in order to disassociate themselves from the Presidents Club, including Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The charity, who have received £530,000 from the Presidents Club between 2009-2016, have stated:
“due to the wholly unacceptable nature of the event we are returning previous donations and will no longer accept gifts from the Presidents Club Charitable Trust.”
I have to say I’m utterly perplexed at the sheer amount of virtue-signalling on display.
Are they really saying, that the reason they won’t accept money raised to help dying children, is all down to ethics?
Who gives a damn where the money comes from?
By not accepting it, they are simply gambling with the lives of sick children, all for the fear of offending a handful of the public who might call them out for accepting donations from a “less-than-reputable” source.
Let me tell you something Great Ormond Street:
Children’s health is not something to be politicised or used as a tool with which to appear virtuous.
Ask any parent, this question:
“Would you accept something which could, or would, help ensure your child did not die, from anyone; regardless of their prior actions?”
You would get a resounding YES every single time.
Hell, I’d accept the help of the Devil himself, if it meant that one of my children didn’t die.
To Great Ormond Street I say this:
You’ve done amazing work over the years. You’ve helped save countless lives of children and ensured that the lives of the children who couldn’t be saved, were at least made a bit more comfortable and dignified.
Don’t fall into the trap of pandering to fashionable trends of disassociation and what some elements of society deems to be virtuous.
By all means, call out the Presidents Club for what happened at the Dorchester Dinner.
By all means, call out their behaviour.
But take the money they have raised, and put it to good use. You are a charity set up to save the lives of children, so please continue to do so.
By ALL means.
I have left a link to Great Ormond Street Hospitals Charity page here, so please donate anything that you can.