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Kids Company supporters march to Downing Street

MARCH: Supporters hold up placards as they march to Downing Street today (Aug 7) [PIC CREDIT: @charlottegrant]

SUPPORTERS OF the now defunct Kids Company are marching to Downing Street to protest its closure.

Accompanied by their parents, children met at the gates of Kids Company in Camberwell, south London, at 10am and are currently marching to Downing Street to make their feelings known to the prime minister.

Banners reading, “Kids Company is our family” and “Save Kids Company” were carried by supporters.

"Kids Company march has left HQ in Kenbury St & is heading up Denmark Rd twds Myatts Fields on way to Downing St No road closures ps #roads," @BBCTravel tweeted just moments ago.

The charity officially closed down on Wednesday evening (Aug 5) after running out of money.

Its founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh claimed a donor, who had pledged £3 million to the charity, withdrew the funds after learning that police were investigating the children's charity over allegations of sexual abuse,

Batmanghelidjh told the BBC that within 20 minutes of a Cabinet office grant, also of £3 million, being handed to the charity last week, "the police call out of the blue to say that there's been allegations of sexual abuse related to Kids Company".

FIGHTING BACK: Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh

She added: "Within the hour this is all over the news that Kids Company is being investigated ... the minute the philanthropist discovers that this is on the cards - they freak and then they don't put their money in, so then the deal breaks down."

She blamed "rumour-mongering civil servants" and "ill-suited ministers" for the charity's demise, saying: "We've had to abandon a lot of children."

"I failed because I didn't raise enough money," she told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire. "This Government is being disingenuous. What are these cases doing at our door when they should be at their door?"

The charity's demise will leave 6,000 vulnerable children at risk, The Guardian reported.

The Government has said it is working with local authorities to ensure the young people affected are looked after.

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