Shooting Star Chase, Hampton, and Woking and Sam Beare Hospices cut ties with convicted Clifford

Guilty: Max Clifford was patron of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices

Deleted: Max Clifford with hospices' events manager Sue Spencer

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Three hospices of which Max Clifford was a patron, have told how they no longer wish to be associated with the PR guru.

Clifford, 71, of Onslow Road, Hersham, was found guilty of eight indecent assaults earlier today.

Following the verdict at Southwark Crown Court this afternoon, Nigel Harding, CEO of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, said: “The charity of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices has noted the decision of the court today and will be informing Mr Clifford that we no longer wish him to act as a patron for the charity.”

Clifford became a patron of the two hospices in 2009 and since his verdicts were delivered this afternoon, the hospices have removed all trace of the Hersham resident from their website.

Clifford was also a patron of Shooting Star Chase childrens hospice.

In a statement, David Burland, chief executive of Shooting Star Chase, said:  “Max Clifford became a patron of Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice in 2011. Prior to this, he was a supporter of Chase hospice care for children.

“Safeguarding the children and families supported by Shooting Star Chase is of upmost importance. None of our patrons have unsupervised access to the children or young people and all staff with access to children undergo disclosure and barring services checks.

“Furthermore all staff are required to attend a yearly mandatory safeguarding children training session.

“In light of Mr Clifford being found guilty of indecent assault, Shooting Star Chase can confirm that Mr Clifford is no longer a patron of the charity.”

The children's charity has also since removed all mentions of Clifford from their website.

Speaking after the verdicts, Jenny Hopkins, deputy chief crown prosecutor for Crown Prosecution Service London, said: "Today’s verdicts provide a long-denied justice to the victims of serious sexual offences. I would like to thank these victims for having had the courage to come forward and give evidence.

"The victims of sexual abuse, whenever it may have taken place, should know that police and prosecutors will listen.

“It is only right that we now take some time to consider our position on the hung count and we will update the court accordingly.”

 

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7:56pm Tue 29 Apr 14

K and P Wells says...

Knowing this man personally, I cant see how Max Clifford has been found guilty, all the hospices that he has helped should wait till after he has decided whether to appeal or not to judge him, it is ok when he is helping everybody out, I think we will have to wait and see, thanks.
Knowing this man personally, I cant see how Max Clifford has been found guilty, all the hospices that he has helped should wait till after he has decided whether to appeal or not to judge him, it is ok when he is helping everybody out, I think we will have to wait and see, thanks. K and P Wells
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3:25pm Thu 1 May 14

robertbrickwood says...

K and P Wells wrote:
Knowing this man personally, I cant see how Max Clifford has been found guilty, all the hospices that he has helped should wait till after he has decided whether to appeal or not to judge him, it is ok when he is helping everybody out, I think we will have to wait and see, thanks.
i suppose your view of Max Clifford is probably been shaped by him not trying to sexually molest you or intimidate you into performing degrading sex acts on him. Then again you may be male - i dont believe among his many sex crimes he indulged in homosexual activity. I dont feel however your view not to judge him until he decides to appeal or not is supported by the jury which found him guilty, the numerous, i repeat numerous victims this prolific sex monster abused or by me. The onus was on the CPS to prove him guilty and that is the current status of his position --HE IS GUILTY OF SEX CRIMES. Accordingly i fully support the stance by the hospices to drop association with this vile sexual pervert and on a personal note, anything less than 10 years served on HM pleasure would be a lenient sentence.
[quote][p][bold]K and P Wells[/bold] wrote: Knowing this man personally, I cant see how Max Clifford has been found guilty, all the hospices that he has helped should wait till after he has decided whether to appeal or not to judge him, it is ok when he is helping everybody out, I think we will have to wait and see, thanks.[/p][/quote]i suppose your view of Max Clifford is probably been shaped by him not trying to sexually molest you or intimidate you into performing degrading sex acts on him. Then again you may be male - i dont believe among his many sex crimes he indulged in homosexual activity. I dont feel however your view not to judge him until he decides to appeal or not is supported by the jury which found him guilty, the numerous, i repeat numerous victims this prolific sex monster abused or by me. The onus was on the CPS to prove him guilty and that is the current status of his position --HE IS GUILTY OF SEX CRIMES. Accordingly i fully support the stance by the hospices to drop association with this vile sexual pervert and on a personal note, anything less than 10 years served on HM pleasure would be a lenient sentence. robertbrickwood
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1:18pm Fri 2 May 14

kingstonpaul says...

The pity is that he actually did a lot of genuinely good work for charitable causes. I came across him at the Royal Marsden a few years back, where he was visiting patients and nurses. He came across as being committed and genuine. And that was the enigma, because behind that facade was a very manipulative and predatory offender.
The pity is that he actually did a lot of genuinely good work for charitable causes. I came across him at the Royal Marsden a few years back, where he was visiting patients and nurses. He came across as being committed and genuine. And that was the enigma, because behind that facade was a very manipulative and predatory offender. kingstonpaul
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