Charities try to distance themselves from Michelle Monet after PPE allegations

Charities linked to Baroness Mone and her husband are distancing themselves from the couple after they were accused of secretly receiving £29m by lobbying for a PPE company.

ActionAid said it would not accept any donations from the Barrowman Foundation, which was set up by Mone’s husband, financier Doug Barrowman, and which lists her as a trustee. ActionAid is an international agency fighting poverty and injustice around the world.

The Prince’s Trust and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity also said they had no plans to receive future support from Barrowman or Mone. Other charities said the link on the couple’s website was out of date.

The Charity Commission had already launched a compliance case against the Barrowman Foundation over alleged unsecured loans before the latest charges.

The foundation lists ActionAid as a partner on its website. However, the charity said: “The last donation we received from the Barrowman Foundation was in 2021 and we will no longer be accepting any donations.” The spokesperson added that they will pursue the removal of the ActionAid logo from the Barrowman Foundation website as it is no longer accurate.

The Prince’s Trust is also listed on the Barrowman Foundation website as a partner. A spokesman for the trust said: “We have not received any funds from Mr Barrowman since February 2019 and have no plans to accept any further donations.”

Monet, from Dennistoun, Glasgow, has supported the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and donated to the hospital after her mother was treated there for breast cancer in 2020. After her wedding to Doug Barrowman in 2021, Monet has vowed to help. auctioned her wedding dress and shoes to a charity but decided to donate £10,000 to a cancer hospital instead.

A spokesman for the cancer charity said yesterday: “We are grateful to have received support from Baroness Michelle Monet in the past. We are not talking about future support with him.”

On Mone’s personal website, she lists Breast Cancer Care as her main charity partnership, of which she claims to be a “long-term supporter”.

However, the charity, which has since become breast cancer, is no longer associated with Monet. The charity’s website, which uses the old name and logo, is out of date. Breast Cancer Now declined to comment.

Monet’s website also shows he still has an active role in the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, but he resigned from their board of directors in 2012, according to Companies House.

Glasgow-born Barrowman, 57, is a qualified accountant and worked at private equity fund 3i before setting up his own corporate finance firm.

In 1999, he founded Aston Ventures, a private equity firm specializing in turning around “old economy” businesses. In 2008, he moved to the Isle of Man and founded the Knox Group, which includes Aston Ventures.

The Barrowman Foundation supports charities working with vulnerable young people. In 2019, Barrowman presented the plaque at the launch of the Prince’s Trust Doug Barrowman Center in Ancoats, Manchester.

The Guardian reports that Mone and his family benefited from a £29m profit from the PPE contract, which was secured after lobbying ministers. The Labor government was forced to appear in the House of Commons yesterday to settle the claims.

“Don’t believe everything you read,” Mone told Twitter followers, and he and Barrowman distanced themselves from Medpro, the PPE company at the center of the allegations.