A $19,000 (GBP10,000) donation from controversial West End musical JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA has been rejected by a cancer charity.

MAGGIE'S CENTRES have refused to accept the money from producers of the expletive-laden London stage show following advice from moral group CHRISTIAN AID.

The charity warns accepting the cash would precipitate a religious boycott of their charitable work.

A Maggie's spokesperson says, "As a result of contact from Christian Voice, Maggie's has taken the decision not to accept the proceeds from a special performance (on 18 February 2005) of Jerry Springer - The Opera."

Christian Voice's STEPHEN GREEN explains, "We did have a chat with Maggie's. But the decision to pull out was theirs alone.

"All I did was explain that if they carried on they would cause offence to Christians, who are known for being generous."

21/02/2005 14:28