I don’t know if any of the 100,000 victims of the scandal live locally, but I or any of the other trustees of Deeping St James United Charities would be happy to be approached.
United Charities assists any member of our community who falls on hard times. Contact details are on their website which has just been launched, or drop me an email in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org
The scale of the Farepak scandal is becoming clearer by the day. As the company headed for disaster, fatcat directors trousered massive bonuses. At the same time, they continued to collect weekly payments from their 100,000 subscribers saving up for a Christmas hamper.
At the weekend, the Daily Mail contrasted the Christmas the Farepak fatcats will enjoy with the misery they have caused their customers.
Just as grotesque is the revelation that money that should have provided Christmas hampers for their customers was actually being spent to buy other failed businesses.
Labour MP Anne Snelgrove has named and shamed Farepack directors, singling out Sir Clive Thompson, chairman of Farepak’s parent company special as 'a modern day Scrooge'.
She called Thompson
'the man who bemoaned a 30p rise in the minimum wage when he was earning over £2 million a year'.Some MPs have called for the former CBI president to be stripped of his knighthood.
'This is the man who wound up the pension scheme while at Rentokil for all but the executives and then walked off with a £690,000 a year pension.'
Anne also rounded on Farepak chief executive William Rollason
'who, I understand, is soon due to appear in an Australian court possibly on a not unrelated issue for another company'and Farepak executive director Nick Gilodi-Johnson, whose father Bob Johnson founded the business. Gilodi-Johnson is set to inherit £75 million.
'No doubt Sir Clive and those directors will be eating a very big turkey this Christmas, and enjoying it.'Anne’s an old friend – I knew her years before she deservedly became an MP and I know she will keep up her campaign until she gets justice for Farepak’s victims.