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Home / Latest News / Joshua Foundation closes with immediate effect after calling in insolvency practitioners

Joshua Foundation closes with immediate effect after calling in insolvency practitioners

A leading Welsh charity has announced it has closed – causing concern among parents whose children have raised thousands of pounds for trips to Australia and the US.

The Joshua Foundation, which provides holidays and trips for terminally-ill children, announced via its Twitter feed last night that it is ceasing operation after 15 years.

WalesOnline has been contacted by parents who say children raising up to £4,000 through raffles, volunteering and private work to go abroad were told their trips were off when they attended school today.

The Cardiff-based foundation was set up in September 1998 by Sarah Cornelius-Price, who named it after her son, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1996.

He died in December 1998, aged seven.

In January, the BBC reported accounts showed the charity owed between £300,000 and £400,000 to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for over-claimed gift aid for a decade.

The charity said it planned to sell off an asset to pay the bill once legal issues were settled.


But late on Tuesday, it announced on The Joshua Foundation Twitter feed it had closed.

It said: “It is with sadness that we announce that with immediate effect the charity is closing.

“The BBC story earlier has impacted us heavily

“We have today instructed insolvency practitioners and the office is now closed. All emails, phones etc have ceased and the website is down.

“We wish to thank all our supporters over the last 15 years and while we are upset we are very lucky to have worked with wonderful people.”

WalesOnline was contacted by one parent, who wanted to remain anonymous, who said a meeting in April at the Vale Resort parents’ fears about the financial position of the foundation were calmed.

She said her own daughter had raised upward of £800 toward an upcoming trip and that others had been raising £1,500 for the cost of trips, £1,500 for the foundation as well as money towards the cost of visas and other associated expenses.

She said: “My daughter’s doing full-time A-Levels, works in retail for £4.19 an hour. She’s working her backside off because she really wants to go.”

WalesOnline has attempted to contact Ms Cornelius Price for comment.

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