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Forget Me Not Charity Probe
A charity who received government cash to provide therapy for bereaved parents are being probed by watchdogs.
Investigators are looking into claims Forget-Me-Not Care and Counselling failed to help parents caught up in the baby ashes scandal that saw hundreds of children’s remains disposed of without families being informed.
Heartbroken parents lodged a complaint with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
Records show the Lanarkshire charity spent just £10,000 on counselling despite getting £55,000 of taxpayers’ cash.
The total includes £40,000, approved by former public health minister Michael Matheson, before they were a registered charity.
The Scottish Government have also admitted they didn’t carry out vital background checks on the charity’s founder, SNP activist Linsay Bonar, 33.
Angela Smith, 37, from Falkirk, who lost her son Riece in 2005, said: “We really feel betrayed and used all over again.”
Bonar, of Blackwood, Lanarkshire, said the office shutters have been down because she’s lost the key.
She said: “The charity is still functioning.”
The Scottish Government said: “All of this funding was considered, allocated and assessed in accordance with our standard procedures.”