Yes, this was an April Fool’s Day joke mistake Sorry guys.
I’ve left the post up below in it’s original form. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder of just how fabulous this community is. Thank you so much for all your support. As I’ve said elsewhere, I promise to never again allow my penchant for having fun come before respecting my friends.
Thoughtful Thursday: Give A Brick UK charity status suspended
In line with our new Thoughtful Thursday posts, it is with much regret that I bring you news that has certainly given us here at Give A Brick something to think about. Regular readers will know that I don’t do serious very well but after an unexpected email from the Charity Commission yesterday afternoon, I’ve been forced to don my serious hat.
A few weeks before Christmas, one of long term supporters, Laura Edmonds, wrote to HRH The Queen on behalf of Give A Brick. She told Her Majesty that we’re probably the first charity to ask everyone to Give A Brick and as such, please would Her Majesty consider doing the same? As is palace policy, Laura received a reply on behalf of HRH stating that since Her Majesty had charity commitments in place, she unfortunately couldn’t Give A Brick. Whilst I had plans to write back and ask her to help us with our research into whether we are in fact the first charity to ask everyone to Give A Brick, I hadn’t yet got round to doing so.
Unfortunately, it seems that I needn’t have worried that HRH hadn’t been told of our unique message as yesterday she contacted the Charity Commission on our behalf. For our friends who aren’t familiar with the Charity Commission, they’re the body in charge of registering new charities and regulating what current charities do.
HRH The Queen has apparently concluded that any charity that raises funds by asking everyone to Give A Brick (£1) and only A Brick (£1) is unrealistic in its expectations. As such, our registered status has been suspended whilst further investigations are undertaken. For those interested you can see an excerpt from their message. You’ll have to click the image to zoom in to read but between you and I, it doesn’t make happy reading
So in the spirit of Thoughtful Thursday, it’s over to you. What do we do now?