The founder of a Cardiff-based children's charity which was forced to close this week has told ITV News she is devastated. Dozens of teenagers are trying to salvage a dream trip to Australia they'd booked for this summer.
The founder of a Cardiff-based children's charity which was forced to close this week has told ITV News she is devastated.
Sarah Cornelius Price set up Joshua's Wish 15 years ago, in memory of her young son who died from cancer.
Dozens of teenagers are trying to salvage a dream trip to Australia they'd booked for this summer.
"I think it's probably fair to stay to them that their trip isn't going to happen" says Mrs Cornelius-Price. She blames recent media reports about an unpaid tax bill for the charity's decline, and defended the handling of its debt.
"I dealt with the bereavement by setting up this charity and doing what we've done for the past fifteen years.
"This has been like bringing the bereavement back again for me and my family"
"We've been subject to abuse this week... all kinds of allegations"
"We've got caravans where we've managed to secure holidays for those families. I want the public to know that we've got fifteen families with children with cancer who are still going on holiday this summer."
A Welsh charity has announced it has closed. Joshua's Wish, formerly known as Joshua's Foundation, provides holidays and trips for terminally-ill children.
The charity announced on its Twitter feed last night that it had decided to close down.
A statement from the Charity Commission confirms that trustees of Joshua's Wish have decided to wind up the charity and that insolvency practitioners have been appointed.
The trustees did not need to seek prior permission from the Commission before deciding to wind up, and nor are we involved in the process of winding a charity up. It is the insolvency practitioner that must deal with the charity’s assets; if any assets remain after the payment of debts and liabilities they must be applied for the charitable purposes appropriately.
We are acutely aware that some of the charity’s supporters are concerned about the charity winding up and we understand their complaint and disappointment. We are advising that they contact the appointed insolvency practitioners, Burton Sweet based in Bristol, who will deal with their concerns.