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OSCR clears foodbank of any financial wrongdoing

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​OSCR investigation clears charity after complaint but makes recommendations "to help it go forward"

Greater Maryhill Foodbank (GMF) has been cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

OSCR received a complaint regarding the charity’s finances and a break in last year.

High profile supporters including comedian Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges have helped the organisation – one of the busiest in Scotland - generate thousands of pounds in donations.

However complaints were lodged with the regulator asking if the cash was being used appropriately.

Julie Webster, the foodbank’s coordinator,said on Facebook OSCR has now given her the all clear.

This has been a very trying time for everyone from GMF and it has caused us all much distress and upset.

She said: “I am delighted to inform you all, that GMF have today received in writing a reply from OSCR regarding the complaint that was made against us to on 3 March 2015.

"This has been a very trying time for everyone from GMF and it has caused us all much distress and upset.

"However OSCR has made it very clear in is findings that there is no evidence of wrongdoing, fraud or any sort of criminal behaviour with Greater Maryhill Foodbank."

Donations of about £20,000 were made to the foodbank last year after money collected to help a local child injured in a hit-and-run incident was stolen.

The charity raised the four-figure sum to send 10-year-old Chelsea Sommerville and her family on holiday.

The cash was stolen along with items of clothing and supermarket vouchers, leading to a huige outpouring of support from locals.

It is believed OSCR's investigation centred on this cash,

An OSCR spokesman said: “After reviewing all the relevant information, we consider the actions of the charity trustees to be consistent with the general duties that they are subject to under charity legislation.

"We have, however made several recommendations to support the charity going forward."

Last year Webster locked horns with another Glasgow foodbank, Glasgow's Needy, with each accusing the other of criminal and threatening behaviour.

Both charities said they had received death threats but pledged to work to end their rivalries.



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