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Forget Me Not Charity Probe


20/12/15


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.”