It appears that there was going to be a business which was going to be a charity and they were the trustees and it didn’t happen.
Then, you decided to do it on your own.
The only 2 common factors are you and the business idea.
Provided you have not claimed to be a charity in your latest incarnation and have not said that you have charitable purposes, but I can’t see what you have done wrong and I cannot see why they should claim to be trustees (there is nothing for them to be trustees of) and I can’t see why they are suggesting that you should pay the money back.
To be honest, I find the suggestion, based upon the fact you’ve given me, a little bizarre. Perhaps they just don’t know what they’re talking about.
I think what probably happened is that they are assuming that you have carried on down the charity route and have done so fraudulently without the charity being registered and as they were going to be trustees of the charity they feel in some way liable.
My suggestion would be for you to take the legal initiative and get solicitors to write to them saying exactly what’s happened and that this is not a charity, it’s not the same organisation or entity, has no connection with it, and it’s purely a commercial organisation with no links to any charity and doesn’t purport to be one.
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