Charity refuses donations from fundraising event after participants ‘black up’

A charity has refused donations from a fundraising event after some guests "blacked up" in "deeply offensive" outfits.

Shocking video and pictures have emerged from the Old Colwyn annual fancy dress event in Wales, at which a number of men arrived with their faces covered in black make up.

The event was a fundraiser for Cuddles, a charity which supports the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Glan Clwyd Hospital nearby.

But the charity hit out at the costumes, saying they were ‘highly objectionable’ and claim the photos have caused "considerable distress" to parts of the community.

And as a result, Cuddles has chosen not to accept the fundraiser’s donation, a move which in turn has led to a backlash.

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In a statement shared on Facebook, the charity said: "On Sunday (16th December) it was brought to our attention by multiple members of the public that a number of individuals taking part in the fancy dress event had chosen to wear ‘costumes’ that were highly objectionable, and deeply offensive.

"Whilst we appreciate that the event organisers may not have been involved in this, photographs circulated on social media by the individuals concerned, and their comments accompanying them, have caused considerable distress to the people that have been in touch with us.

"We too were incredibly dismayed to see the photographs."

But the decision has disappointed a number of people in the town, some of whom jumped to the men’s defence.

Quentin Bellamy, vicar of Old Conwyn, wrote: "I have to say that I am extremely dismayed to read this. The people involved in this annual charity event are good, kind, sensitive and caring and GENEROUS IN SPIRIT.

"Your lecture above is a huge insult to our community, and there needs to be an examination of conscience on the part of Cuddles, and a swift about-turn."

His comment has been liked by more than 90 people.

Another poster wrote: "Such a shame, I believe they didn’t intend to cause any offence.

"The charity is very close to the organisers hearts. The lads try really hard year after year to put a good show on and raise money for a worthy cause."

North Wales Police confirmed the force received no reports of hate crime at or after the event.

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