Teenagers whose Oz Experience trips organised through Joshua’s Wish hang in the balance after the charity’s liquidation will meet today to see if they can still travel.
A group of teenagers and parents will meet at Brynglas House, Newport, to discuss whether last-minute arrangements can be made for the trip due to leave on June 30.
Cardiff-based charity Joshua’s Wish, formerly The Joshua Foundation, announced it had closed and begun to instruct insolvency practitioner Burton Sweet on Wednesday
Dozens of youngsters had raised thousands of pounds to travel with the charity for a trip to Australia.
Emerald Global Limited, the travel company that organised flights, have said they are still valid but not changeable.
But one mother of a youngster who had raised £4,000 for the trip, who wanted to remain anonymous, said there was still plenty left to organise.
She said: “I spoke to the liquidators. They are saying you will get put on a list of creditors.
“There’s a meeting in Newport and parents have been doing a fair bit of homework to see if the trip can still go for whoever wants to go.
“All the accommodation has been booked and deposits have been paid but that’s all.
“No visas are arranged. Most of the kids have reapplied for visas online.”
The Joshua Foundation was set up in September 1998 by Sarah Cornelius-Price, who named it after her son, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and died in December 1998, aged seven.
Earlier this year, there were concerns over its viability after it was revealed it owed HMRC between £300,000 and £400,000 over mistakenly claimed gift aid before it announced its closure this week.
Following a meeting of the foundation’s trustees on Wednesday evening, insolvency practitioner Graham Down told WalesOnline there was a “strong possibility” those raising funds for trips would get something back.
He said: “At the moment, seeing what’s feasible, it looks very much like Australia will not happen. We need to get the legal process kicked off.
“I would think there is at least a strong possibility they would get at least something back. It would be rash of me at this stage to give any indication of what that might be.”
Mr Down added the debt to HMRC was still a “six-figure liability” which was being paid off “slowly”.
He said: “The problem was when there was some adverse publicity about it this year. After that, the organisation found it very difficult to raise funds.
“The trustees appeared to be very upset at what’s happened.”