UK Charity worker slanders charitable acts

Oxford dictionary states that a noun for charity is: An organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need. This is exactly what has started to begin on Facebook to help find a temporary, socialist, solution to the Conservative lead austerity cuts that have been impacting large numbers of the British public.

In the wake of the so called “voting tax” that charged new members of the Labour Party £25 to be able to vote in elections, it became clear how many people in this country suffered from lack of funds, not just to vote but also to provide essentials for themselves or their families.

An online group on Facebook, called Gimme25, decided to approach the problem as an experiment in socialism, people in need of funds up to £25 could ask for help, political discussion was actively discouraged in the group, as the group didn’t want to be lumped in as supporting one candidate or be accused of buying votes. Several posts made it very clear that any donations given were only for hardship relief, people were asked to leave politics out of the group, posts regarding politics were deleted — something that much enraged some people.

A lot of the people asking for help weren't interested in politics at all, but more in buying food for children, single mothers, pensioners, people on disability, etc. Some of the most heartbreaking examples were mothers asking for help buying baby formula as their payments were late and they had nowhere to turn, a few women who had been the victim of domestic violence and were trying to rebuild their lives while living in temporary shelters, an elderly cancer survivor not being able to feed her beloved pet… Some of the help was financial, other help was practical, such as having pet food delivered, children’s clothes given from one person to the other.

This group had many amazing people giving money as charity to fill their gap in the weekly budget so these people can provide for themselves and families. There was a surge of new members climbing to over four thousand after July 20th. This now had many people from all parts of society giving and receiving out of sheer kindness and compassion. Humanities kindness has no boundaries, we are social creatures who like to help one another. Some feel that they owe it to the rest of society, some feel that they should make up for the greed of others. Some even do it to feed their own ego. Whatever their reason ultimately charity is a good thing and should be encouraged by all.

One person, however, working as the head of Policy and Advocacy of Hospice UK deliberately infiltrated the group, which was a secret group to protect people who had to ask for help from embarrassment, took screenshots and made those screenshots public on her Twitter account.

Posts like this can damage such charity by causing people to be hesitant when asking for help. Ninja news spoke to Gabriella, a donor that was heavily offended by this post. She pointed out the impact harmful tweets can have on people with nowhere else to turn. She pointed out that the group had several victims of domestic abuse that were terrified when it leaked out that screenshots of the private and secret group were made public. Kitty’s tweeting of screenshots containing posts from this page did not only expose some sensitive information such as email addresses and PayPal addresses, she also discouraged vulnerable people from asking for help. Kitty works for Hospice UK which seems rather strange as she should know the impact that charity has on people’s lives and how it is a good thing. Gabriella then showed Ninja news a letter that she sent forward to a senior representative of hospice UK:

You would expect the charity to reply promptly to this letter, the writer is obviously distressed and concerned about the manor and motives of Ms Caper. There was eventually a formal reply from the charity which will be featured later in the article. However this initial letter then caused Gabriella to become under attack on social media. Andrew Spooner who writes for the website Labourlist tweeted this talking about the letter as “pure vindictiveness” linking directly to the profile.

Gabriella’s Facebook account then got blocked by Facebook due to reports of spreading malware. This then left her from being able to post anything regarding this topic. “It must have been a Facebook glitch” she told Ninja News when discussing the possibility of this being a coincidence, “a very odd glitch though”. Below is a screenshot taken by Gabriella.

Since these emails have been leaked by Ms Caper a number of the people who’s emails were released online on twitter have been receiving abusing emails labeling them as beggars and scroungers, names are remaining anonymous to spare them further abuse. Gabriella said “I honestly feel horrible, we tried to help people who were in a bad situation, it was hard enough for them to ask for help, getting abuse makes it even more difficult for them!” Gabriella told Ninja news, “Quite a few recipients said they will never dare to ask for help, because of what happened. Why does anybody hound people that are so poor anyway?”.

Following this online attack Hospice UK received a number of posts on their Facebook wall showing their disgust, one woman who was previously posting on the group showed how appalled she really was at Ms Caper and Hospice UK (featured below). It’s the comedienne Mel Moon, who’s been featured all over in the media for suffering from a very rare disease.

Everybody who tweeted at the CEO of Hospice UK and asked for an explanation got blocked by Ms Bleakley, without an explanation…

All the public posts on the Facebook site of Hospice UK were deleted without a comment, on the 29th of June the charity responded to Gabriella, the letter was received on the 28th of June, and Gabriella was amazed that a charity can do a “thorough investigation” and “receive the full backing of the board” within less than 24 hours, also that the Head of Policy and Advocacy apparently doesn't represent the charity wherever she goes, and the complains were called “unfounded” — apparently spreading sensitive personal information in public by a senior staff member doesn't seem to be a concern of Hospice UK, if it’s done during the alleged annual leave.

Gabriella told Ninja News, that she usually supports charities and in the past has donated to Hospice UK, but will not do so in the future, as she worries that her donations are used to pay the generous salaries of people with fancy titles but distinctively uncharitable dispositions.

Not quite a copy and paste corporate reply but the insincerity is still apparent, highlighting lack of breaching in company policy and how Ms Caper was on annual leave when making said statements. Therefore of course Hospice UK has no legal link to such behavior. The whole idea that a public, fund raising group’s sole purpose is to buy votes is ludicrous. As mentioned above; charity is to help people who are in need. Politics was asked to be left out of this group by its admins and it is not right for people to suffer because of a high up charity worker’s crass opinion. The idea that anybody could buy votes also makes no sense at all, especially since ballots tend to be secret.

Several people had asked Ms Caper on Twitter to remove the sensitive information, she was asked how she can sleep well exposing people to possible abuse, exposing their PayPal accounts to possible hacking, her reply was that she does sleep very well.

Gabriella provided ninja news with a few paragraphs about her experience donating on #Gimme25 :

“When somebody invited me to the #Gimme25 Facebook page, I took a look, out of idle curiosity, it was Saturday, hubby had gone out with friends, our homeless guest V just had gone through an episode and was exhausted, I was pet sitting and just checking around online. Pretty soon I was stunned, literally shocked, the stories I read, how people were struggling to feed children, an elderly cancer survivor in recovery worrying about feeding her beloved cat, a mother cringing and asking for help to buy the formula for her baby as it was the weekend, her payment was delayed, she had nowhere to turn to. People on Zero hour contracts who hadn’t worked for a while, people facing the whole bureaucratic process in trying to claim benefits. What touched me most that people who asked for help were so embarrassed, they felt so guilty for having to ask for help, as if poverty would be something to be ashamed of, a system that allows it should be ashamed. Women being ashamed for having been on the receiving end of domestic violence — what kind of world is this? Before we found our homeless guest V in March, I had no idea how difficult it is, going with V through it, I gained appreciation for how much effort the authorities put into it to make it as difficult as possible to claim. To give you an example, V has a MH issue, he also finds it incredibly difficult to talk on the phone, all the information and everything is only online or on the phone. If you’re homeless access to the internet isn’t easy, there are hardly any public phone boxes anymore, prepaid mobiles charge by the minute, if you’re having difficulties with phones, listening to hours of horrendous music while being in the cue isn’t going to make it better…. Being a member of the #Gimme25 group showed me they don’t do it just with homeless people, they try to put off everybody from claiming. Of course there will be people who can abuse the system, but those people will always be there, it’s punishing the majority of genuine claimants for a small minority who made a career out of playing the system. By the time hubby came back home, I was in tears, I had blown my shoe budget for the rest of the year, originally I thought I help people with £100, but seeing the poverty out there, that limit went out of the window. We had a chat, told hubby about it and asked him if it would be OK to scratch vacation this year. The funder of the page asked me to help a bit with moderating as the requests poured in like a tropical rain torrent, the odd scammer as well, and we had to weed those out. It was so wonderful to see how people pulled together and rallied around, helped each other out, there was still empathy around, it gave me hope, which was important, because in June I was the victim of a violent hate crime, quite physical, and I wasn’t the same ever since. When I was informed about the slurs we got from especially 2 sources, I was shocked and yes, livid. I mean Guido, everybody knows he’s a troll, selective editing, he’s been called out so often on it, you basically can’t take him seriously anyway, his agenda is clear, but the very same from a senior charity worker? Her (quite generous) salary is funded by donations and yes, government money, so we all pay for it through our taxes. In her position, she should know better. She was informed over and over that she’s releasing sensitive data, she was told that if she has an issue to hand the screenshots over to Labour and they can investigate if “vote buying” actually happens but to NOT publish sensitive data on Twitter, she happily tweeted that she sleeps well doing what she does — again a charity worker in a senior position. I tweeted at her CEO, an open letter, I also sent the letter via registered mail to the charity address (was received) as a result the CEO blocked me, just like every other person who voiced concern… That action made me feel less than confident that the Trustees (CCed in the letter) would ever be shown a copy of it, so I went and emailed the chairman of the charity, Lord Howard (https://www.writetothem.com/write?fyr_extref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theyworkforyou.c om%2Fpeer%2F10290%2Flord_howard_of_lympne&who=49062) and voiced my concern regarding the conduct and handling of such a serious issue. The group is still going, it organically seems to have moved to just people helping each other out, not only with money, but also with donations, food, help, giving each other lifts, it’s quite a lovely community feeling to see that people are helping each other. While originally it might have been an experiment in practical socialism, I think it moved way beyond it, I see it as an exercise that compassion still exists. Unfortunately, however pleasant the experience with #Gimme25 was, it made me distrust organized charities, and makes me question the way they spend the donations and how hard people with fancy titles really work.”

The Canary approached the subject in an article:

http://www.thecanary.co/2016/07/28/owen-smith-supporter-vicious-smear-campaign-kind-hearted-facebook-group-images/?fb_action_ids=10154084396179597&fb_action_types=og.comments

Link to Gimme25 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gimme25/