Blackpool Charity Fails to Provide Required Financial Information


According to the Charity Commission, The Ashley Foundation, a Blackpool, Lancashire based registered charity, has failed to provide financial details as required.


The Ashley Foundation, founded in 1997 and previously run by 'CEO' Lee Dribben and established to address the homeless community in parts of Lancashire, made news in April 2020 when the Charity Commission announced an investigation into a number of financial dealings between the charity and its former CEO, who 'retired' in May.


"This charity has failed to provide information on its finances within 10 months of its financial year-end", the Charity Commission reports on its website.


Companies House also reports that the charity has failed to file its accounts as of this writing (20 July 2020), accounts that were due to be filed no later than 30 May 2020.


Despite the fact that the charity and its former 'CEO', Lee Dribben, are being investigated by the Charity Commission, the company continues to recruit staff for its Sunderland operations, according to Laura Cooper, who works for the charity and posted the jobs in early July.


According to an unnamed source, speaking to WireNews on the condition of anonymity, the Trustees of The Ashley Foundation have made the decision to dissolve the charity and are awaiting the outcome of the Charity Commission's report before making an official announcement.


WireNews reached out to the Trustees for comment but no reply was received prior to publication.


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