Comet administrators looking into charity gift cards

Sam Horton Sam Horton's gift card was to be used to help him buy an iPad for school work

Related Stories

Administrators for electrical retail chain Comet say they are to work with a charity which issues gift cards to ensure people the charity supports can get equipment they require.

It comes after a Plymouth mother, whose son has cerebral palsy, said she was concerned city stores refused to accept a £500 card from charity Family Fund.

Maria Horton said the card was to buy an iPad to help her son's school work.

Administrators Deloitte said they were looking for an "appropriate solution".

Cards reviewed

After the card was not accepted for the purchase of an iPad for her four-year-old son Sam, mother-of-two Mrs Horton, 32, said: "I'm not the only one who has lost out.

"They have the money but they are not willing to provide the goods to the children who need them."

At the weekend, Deloitte said customer orders would be fulfilled "wherever possible", but the use of gift cards and vouchers had been temporarily suspended.

It added it was "reviewing this position urgently".

Speaking to the BBC on Monday, Deloitte said: "Once made aware that the charity Family Fund uses Comet vouchers to support its charitable work with families, the administrators contacted the charity by email asking for a meeting with them to find an appropriate solution."

It added that its administration team was following up on this "with a view to arranging a meeting at the earliest opportunity".

Family Fund said it was in discussions with the administrators and Comet "to find the best outcome for families".

It said: "We appreciate this is a very distressing time and are working hard to confirm the way forward as soon as possible."

Comet's demise is one of the biggest High Street casualties of recent years. More than 6,600 jobs are at risk.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Devon

Weather

Plymouth

Min. Night 18 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Man holding lipWitch hunt

    The country where a writer accused of blasphemy must run


  • Espresso cupNews quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?


  • A woman's stomach with the words "I love IDF"'War porn'?

    Support - and disdain - for women posting sexy selfies for the IDF


  • Malaysian plane wreckage in UkraineFlight risk

    How odd is it to have three plane crashes in eight days?


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Canada.Hidden rail trip

    Canada's tiny, two-car shuttle is a train lover's dream with scenic views

Programmes

  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.