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article imageJimmy Savile charities to re-brand

By Steve Hayes     Oct 7, 2012 in World
Charities set up by Jimmy Savile are considering a re-branding exercise in the light of the allegations that he sexually assaulted children. The charities are concerned that his name will taint their organisations.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, trustees of both the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust and the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Charitable Trust are considering changing their names in an attempt to disassociate themselves from the former radio and television celebrity.
Dr Roger Bodley, a trustee of both charities, told the Sunday Times that the trustees would be meeting shortly to discuss such moves. A spokesperson for the trustees said:
The whole thing is totally on the name and if the name is completely disgraced, then that stuff [donations] will stop. I don't see how things can go ahead with that name.
The charities had expressed their concern about the publication of allegations prior to the broadcast ITV Exposure documentary. According to CivilSociety, the trustees issued a statement which said:
We are saddened by any proposed television documentary which alleges that the late Sir Jimmy Savile committed acts of underage sexual abuse. The publication of such grave allegations may affect the charitable trust, which supports so many good causes.
The statement added that Jimmy Savile had:
raised more than £40m for good causes, giving away 90 per cent of his income. We recently auctioned his personal belongings and raised over a further quarter of a million pounds for good.
Ironically, as Paul Gambaccini, a long time colleague of Savile, has revealed, it was Jimmy Savile himself who told the press that publishing allegations of him sexually assaulting young people would stop the funding of his charities. Gambaccini says Savile told journalists:
Well, you could run that story. But if you do, there goes the funds that come into Stoke Mandeville. Do you want to be responsible for the drying up of the charitable donations?
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