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Charity rejects £1,000 donation after fancy dress fundraisers blacked up their faces


A CHARITY has rejected a £1,000 donation because some fancy dress fundraisers blacked up their faces.

Trustees said they found the antics “highly objectionable and deeply offensive”.

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The fundraisers blacked up their faces while at an annual fancy dress pub crawl[/caption]

The fundraisers had taken part in an annual fancy dress pub crawl in Old Colwyn, North Wales, dressed as African beach traders and US hip hop group Run-DMC.

But charity Cuddles, which supports those using the Special Care Baby Unit at nearby Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, said it was “incredibly dismayed” by images of last week’s event.

Trustees called participants’ behaviour racist and said the cash should go to an equalities charity instead.

In a statement, they said: “As a charity, we totally reject this sort of conduct.

“We are shocked that anyone would consider this appropriate, and we refuse to be associated with behaviour that is racist, discriminatory or abusive in any way.

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The participants’ behaviour was called racist and ‘deeply offensive’ by the charity[/caption]

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The fundraisers dressed as African beach traders and hip hop group Run-DMC[/caption]


“We have not taken this decision lightly.”

But one supporter said: “To turn away money which helps a lot of local people is wrong.

“I know most of the guys who get involved and they would never ever want to offend anyone.”

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