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TALK OF THE TOWN: Naomi Campbell’s charity is being probed for failing to file its accounts on time

TALK OF THE TOWN: Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief charity is being probed for failing to file its accounts on time ‘and wider governance matters’


Fashion For Relief, the charity set up by Naomi Campbell, has hosted glitzy catwalk shows across the globe.

But now the Charity Commission is investigating it for failing to file its accounts on time ‘and wider governance matters’, I can reveal.

It comes five months after this newspaper reported earlier figures that showed it spent £1.6 million on an epic gala in Cannes in 2018, yet gave only £5,500 to good causes over 15 months.

At the time, Fashion For Relief argued this wasn’t a true reflection, as often supporters make donations directly to the causes.

It said last night: ‘Accounts were delayed due to Covid and the auditors. We are liaising with the Charity Commission and are confident of resolving this soon.’

Naomi Campbell walks the runway at Fashion for Relief Cannes 2018 during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Aeroport Cannes Mandelieu in France

Damson Idris, Adut Akech, Campbell and Stella Maxwell (pictured left to right) at the finale of the Fashion For Relief catwalk show London 2019

Damson Idris, Adut Akech, Campbell and Stella Maxwell (pictured left to right) at the finale of the Fashion For Relief catwalk show London 2019

The power struggle between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown during their time in government is being chronicled in a revealing new BBC series. 

And it seems old habits die hard. The former Chancellor apparently took umbrage when he found out that the documentary was due to be titled simply New Labour and had a stern word. It was then changed to Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution. 

I’m told Brown felt that otherwise the whole programme would feel like the ‘Tony Show’ – and we all know how much he hates it when Blair gets too much credit! The BBC confirmed that it had changed the ‘working title’.

Nigella Lawson will no doubt regale fans on her forthcoming one-woman-show UK tour with saucy confessions about her guilt-ridden ‘double-nightly’ visits downstairs to her fridge.

But will she tell how, as a young girl, she was haunted by the spectre of a ‘fat, bespectacled girl unhappily eating her doughnut, desperately trying to melt into obscurity’? 

For those were the opening lines of a piece of creative writing Nigella, right, gave to the magazine at her private Overstone School in Northamptonshire in 1976. The story has just been unearthed.

Nigella Lawson will no doubt regale fans on her forthcoming one-woman-show UK tour with saucy confessions about her guilt-ridden ‘double-nightly’ visits downstairs to her fridge

Nigella Lawson will no doubt regale fans on her forthcoming one-woman-show UK tour with saucy confessions about her guilt-ridden ‘double-nightly’ visits downstairs to her fridge

Other lines from the then 16-year-old included phrases such as ‘a band of fat-legged girls in mini-skirts… their hips undulating like a soporific pendulum’ and ‘the smell of steak and cigarettes’.

As an adult, the Domestic Goddess has been a smoker and admitted taking cocaine. But audiences for her show, An Evening With Nigella Lawson, might prefer it if she entertains them with her love of another type of coke –- her much-ridiculed recipe for ham in Coca-Cola.

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