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Coldplay set to spend millions on rescuing part of Kids Company

by LLB Editor
10th Aug 15 9:39 am

Kids Company needs a messiah and Coldplay might just be the one.

The band, lead by Chris Martin, is in talks to rescue Kids Company arm Treehouse.

Treehouse, which offered education to children since 2009, has been supported by Martin and his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow over the years. Coldplay bandmates have reportedly donated up to £10m to Kids Company in the past few years.

In 2013, Coldplay bought Treehouse’s building in Kilburn for £1.3m through its charitable foundation JJ Van Mars.

Phil Harvey, Coldplay’s co-manager, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Treehouse’s work with children in great need over the past six years. It’s very early stages, but we’re not going to give up on the centre without looking at all options for the future.”

Kids Company shut its doors last week after allegations of financial mismanagement and sexual abuse came to light. Founder Camila Batmanghelidjh refuted all these claims.

Batmanghelidjh told Newsnight: “This allegation [sexual abuse] has been brought to us for the first time by the police recently.

“I draw the line at sexual abuse. It’s one thing kids losing it because they are having a tantrum or they are having a distressing day and they hurl chairs and we deal with all that sort of stuff.

“But sexual abuse is very serious and if it was brought to our attention we would have absolutely dealt with it very robustly.”

LondonLovesBusiness spoke to a Kids Company worker last week who said that “people might kill themselves” over the closure of Kids Company.

Our source told us: “I’m worried that people might kill themselves. I’m worried that they are going to feel completely unloved and rejected. We’re not rejecting them, but they might feel that way. And I’m worried that they won’t have a roof to sleep under – a lot of my young people are homeless and I’m in the process of trying to house them. Some of them are in very, very difficult situations. We support them so much and give them care and love, so it’s really worrying.”



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