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Charity founder takes legal action against board

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​Founder of The Mark Wright Project says he'll take legal action to prevent it using his son's name

A charity is facing legal action after its founder said he no longer wants it to use the name of his son.

The Mark Wright Project was formed by Robert and Jem Wright in 2009 in memory of their paratrooper son who died in service in Afghanistan.

It runs a centre in Dalkeith supporting veterans with physical injuries as well as mental health issues.

Robert Wright stepped down from the board last year following a conflict with members of the board about the way it was being run.

Nine other directors resigned shortly after.

It followed an investigation by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator which said the board "lacked the appropriate skills, experience and collective approach required to effectively manage a charity of the scale of the Mark Wright Project" and had "collectively failed in their duties as charity trustees".

If it’s not going to be run right we will just remove the name - Robert Wright

Wright has now taken legal advice to force the charity from using the name of his son.

"I have been talking to a solicitor,” he said. "If it’s not going to be run right we will just remove the name. I feel pretty sad as I have wasted a few years of my life trying to do good.”

A spokesperson for the centre run by The Mark Wright Project said: “Mr and Mrs Wright, who set the charity up, walked away from it, so at the moment there are a number of options.

“One of them is to close the place because the Wrights are not involved. The second is to carry on using Mark’s name and the third one is to continue because we have been asked to continue by people who need the service.

“We hope to have an AGM meeting within the next three to four weeks.”