BILLIONAIRE heiress Petra Ecclestone’s charity claimed taxpayer cash to furlough employees, documents show.
The socialite’s organisation, The Petra Ecclestone Foundation, used the handouts, meant to keep struggling businesses afloat in the pandemic, to fund eight staff.
Petra Ecclestone’s charity claimed taxpayer cash to furlough employees, documents show
Petra enjoys a huge trust fund from her father Bernie, the former Formula One mogul worth about £3billion
Sources close to her say the charity does vital work for children and operates at a loss. But the fact that a charity set up by one of Britain’s wealthiest families accepted the money will surprise those used to seeing snaps of their luxurious lifestyles.
Last night a spokeswoman said: “It is our intention to repay the furlough money as and when the business can viably do so.”
Petra, 32, and sister Tamara, 36, are often pictured at the poshest hotels, restaurants and shops.
She enjoys a huge trust fund from her father Bernie, the former Formula One mogul worth about £3billion, and defended her pandemic globetrotting by saying she was “illness phobic”.
Her foundation runs a specialist nursery in London offering therapy and care for autistic children.
Sessions cost up to £110 a day, although there are means-tested free places. Petra’s Place nursery said eight staff were furloughed in March but it had since reopened with four staff, plus part-time therapists.
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