CHAIGLEY Manor, the charity which has helped Hyndburn children for almost a century, has been rapped for not submitting its financial accounts.
But this week chairman of the Chaigley Trust, Nicole Cook, defended its record, insisting it was continuing to work hard to provide for the borough's youngsters.
For 70 years the imposing Ribble Valley manor, which was originally bought by the people of Accrington, provided holidays and convalescence for underprivileged youngsters.
The home closed in April 2001 after mounting financial problems and it was later sold for £600,000 to a businessman who converted it into a home.
But concerns were raised this week by former chairman Derek Glover, of Whiteacre Road, Baxenden, who said: "As a registered charity the trustees are required to hold an annual meeting and publish accounts and an annual report. To the best of my knowledge none of this seems to have happened.
"There has been no indication of who the trustees are, the activities of the charity or its expenditure. Above all I have seen no clear indication of the aims and objectives of the charity in its new status. All this information should be in the public domain.''
A spokesman for the Charity Commission in London said the accounts for 2001 should have been received by October 2002. He added: "They are therefore nine months overdue and we will contact the charity to see what has happened to them. Publishing accounts is a requirement of the law for registered charities and we always take these matters very seriously.''
However, Mrs Cook, who ran the home with her husband Stephen and is now chairman of the trustees, said there was nothing to worry about.