Bike charity founders banned for taking £300,000 out of funds

The two trustees paid themselves over a quarter of the charity's total income

Second-hand bikes in Nairobi, Kenya (Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Two of the founders of the Jole Rider Friends bike charity have been banned from being charity trustees until 2031.

David Swettenham and Helen King paid themselves £322,500 over a ten-year period, nearly a quarter of all the income received by the organisation.

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