A member of the Sir Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust has warned against a knee-jerk reaction on renaming the charity fund after allegations the late TV star sexually abused under age girls.
Since ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile aired last Wednesday there have been demands to rename the fund and Jimmy’s Cafe at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Already a wooden statue of the DJ has been removed in Glasgow, while street sign Savile’s View was taken down yesterday (Sunday) in Scarborough. The move comes amid cases of further vandalism after a memorial sign at Savile’s former home was defaced with the words ‘rapist’ and ‘paedophile’.
Sylvia Nichol, 76, who lives in the Vale, disagreed that changes should take place immediately.
She said: “I think nothing should be done. My absolute conclusion is nothing should be done until they have had a police inquiry, a BBC inquiry and meeting of the trustees.”
The four-man trust is due to meet in London on October 22 to discuss the trust’s future and what steps to take.
A trust statement said: “The trustees are aware that a large proportion of the funds the charity received came from donors other than the late Jimmy Savile, through fundraising and legacies. The trustees are grateful to all those who have supported the charity in the past.
“They have been contacted by a number of members of the public suggesting that they should change the charity’s name and they are in the process of looking into this.
“They are actively looking at supporting, amongst others, charities that work with survivors of sexual abuse. They feel this is the right thing to do in the circumstances.”
Mike Mackenzie, chairman of the Poppa Guttmann Trust and a friend of Sir Jimmy’s for more than 18 years, said last week that he had received calls saying Jimmy’s Cafe should be renamed Poppa’s after the late Ludwig Guttmann.