Mobility scooter firm is not a registered charity, claims BBC

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A fundraising organisation that claims to buy mobility scooters for disabled people has been cited in a BBC report on the difficulties people face in identifying registered and unregistered charities.

The Happiness Foundation, which is an unregistered body and isn’t obliged to disclose its finances, sells £3, £5 and £10 tickets to provide disabled people with mobility scooters.

Fundraising like this is not illegal, but it means it is very hard to determine what they are doing with the money, according to the BBC.

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In its report, the broadcaster said: “We have seen evidence that the same people behind the Happiness Foundation are now selling the same competition tickets under the name, “Theme for a Dream Project”. It is still not registered as a charity or company and still claims to give mobility scooters to disabled people.

When the BBC approached an organiser at the foundation, he said it was not trying to mislead people and did buy the mobility scooters, but wouldn’t provide the news outlet with evidence.

The spokesman said the Happiness Foundation no longer existed, but they would be honouring all of the competition entries they had received.

There are more than 200,000 registered charities in the UK, with around £10bn donated by the public last year.

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