25/09/2001

Charities told to beware of Golden Jubilee scams

There have been recent reports of a suspected publishing scam circulating in Northern Ireland which is seeking to cash in on the Queen’s Golden Jubilee’s celebrations next year.

Emerging reports show that false companies have been promising advertising space in official-sounding commemorative books to charities with royal connections.

The scam warning, given on Tuesday 25 September, came from Valerie Pitman, newly appointed Chairman of the group set up to promote Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Pitman said: “These are not official publications and they are not authorised by Buckingham Palace. If charities are in any doubt they should contact the Charity Commission or the Golden Jubilee office at Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) for further information.

“In fact the Queen has made it clear that she wishes there to be no undue expenditure from public funds on jubilee celebrations. She has therefore asked that those organisations or individuals wishing to celebrate the Golden Jubilee with some form of donation be encouraged to donate to charities of which she is patron.”

Mrs Pitman was speaking on her appointment as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Golden Jubilee Advisory Group, which has been set up by the DCAL to promote and co?ordinate the Golden Jubilee programme of celebrations in Northern Ireland.

The Golden Jubilee will be celebrated throughout the year 2002, but it is anticipated that most events will happen during the months of May, June and July with a programme of national events over the Jubilee Weekend of 1–4 June 2002. (AMcE)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 November 2020
Council Approves Motion To Fund Poverty Charities
A proposal to direct funds to leading charities struggling to cope with demand this Christmas has received cross-party approval at Belfast City Council.
09 August 2001
Planning begins for Queen’s Golden Jubilee
Interested groups and individuals in Northern Ireland are being encouraged by local government to apply for financial assistance to help fund their Golden Jubilee celebrations.
17 May 2002
Broughshane announce Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations
Following the Queen's recent visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Golden Jubilee tour, villages and towns around the province are gearing up for events to celebrate the Jubilee Holiday weekend.
10 September 2002
Voluntary groups to be recognised by Jubilee Award
Voluntary and community groups across the UK have three weeks left to send in their nominations for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award. This new Award underlines the importance attached to the work of groups in the voluntary and community sectors, and groups could receive a lasting memory of Jubilee year if they become one of up to 200 award winners.
16 June 2021
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Celebrate 75 Anniversary
Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl has helped Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke celebrate its 75th anniversary. First established in 1946, the charity was formed by 16 visionary volunteers as the first NI branch of the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis.