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Statement by the trustees of The Grail Trust (UK) 14th April 2018

The trustees of Grail Trust (UK) have been notified that its former Director, Revd Jonathan Robinson, has been found guilty by the court in Vallioor, Tamil Nadu, India, of three substantive charges laid against him, relating to his actions as Director of the Trust when he was visiting India regularly on the charity’s behalf. We understand he has been acquitted on two other charges. Our information is that he has been given a sentence of imprisonment and a substantial fine, and that he is on a form of bail pending a possible appeal procedure. We are well aware that these issues have taken a long time, nearly seven years, to be resolved and date back to alleged actions in April 2011 which first came to the attention of the authorities in August of that year.
It has been a very stressful time for all concerned. Our main priority throughout has been the welfare of the 100 children in the care of our partner charity, Grail Trust (India), with whose trustees we have worked very closely, and whose work we fund. During this time we have consulted closely with the Charity Commission (UK) whose procedures and recommendations we have followed. Revd Robinson has played no part in the charity`s work since he resigned as Director on January 2nd, 2012, and we have, as a charity, completely distanced ourselves from him. This was an essential requirement laid upon us if were to continue as a recognized charity, in the interests of the children`s welfare, and we have complied with all that has been asked of us by the Commission. We hope a period of reflection can now follow this protracted legal action so that further steps can be taken to continue the work of the Trust and give our supporters, and our regulators as a charity, the confidence that we have done, and will continue to do, much worthwhile work among deprived children in India.

Revd Neil Fairlamb, W. Jerry Hughes, Michael Jordan (Trustees)

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