KEITH Lemon has hit out a series of T-shirt companies which have ‘stolen’ his charity Caroline Flack tribute design.
The Celebrity Juice star – who worked alongside Caroline for many years – created the ‘be kind’ inspired top following her tragic death with all proceeds going towards the Samaritans.
But yesterday he was shocked to discover that a few online retailers were also selling his design but not giving the money charity.
Sharing his disappointment, Keith told his followers: “Just wanted to say Fanks so much to every one for buying the #bekind t-shirt 11,280 sold last count.
“Unfortunately a company called @teespring has stolen the design and has started selling them. That’s profits that would’ve gone to Samaritans. Hopefully they’ll do the right thing and hand over what profits they make to the Samaritans. Can’t trust anyone! Disappointing.”
The company later removed the T-shirts from their website and Keith took to Instagram to thank them.
Teespring told The Sun Online: "Teespring allows creators to independently upload designs and employs software to filter the 100k+ uploads submitted daily. As a user-generated platform, all designs are created by individuals and not directly by Teespring. The company invests in both human and machine review technology to flag content which violates our policies.
"Teespring takes infringement very seriously. If we receive any complaint or allegation that a design or any resulting merchandise constitutes an unauthorised use of a third party’s rights, we will terminate the campaign accordingly.
"This includes charitable campaigns – we categorically do not support the promotion of or profiting from designs created for a charitable cause. This seller’s products have been removed, the account suspended and the seller has made no profit. Keith Lemon has thanked Teespring for the immediate removal, and as an act of support for the cause, Teespring has made a donation to The Samaritans."
But Keith later discovered that others were using his design and in another clip, he said: “Sorry more fakes Teeranas.com and @teechip stealing money that should be going to @samaritanscharity so disappointed. Not very nice. I give up! Probably gonna be more out there. www.kilclothes.com for official #bekind t-shirts where all profits go to #samaritans fanks.”
The Sun Online has contacted the companies for comment.
Last week Keith told his Instagram followers Caroline's tragic death didn't seem real as he revealed the heartfelt design, which features a motto close to the late presenter’s heart.
He wrote: "Like everyone I was absolutely shocked by the news of what happened to Caroline. All the recent events just seemed so unreal.
"I’d been friends with Caroline for many years. Since before telly happened.
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"In more recent times I’d not seen Caroline as much as I had years ago, but it was always like old times when I saw her."
The telly star then explained his motivations behind the shirt, continuing: "I did this t-shirt to spread Caroline’s own words #Bekind, and to raise money for the Samaritans. 100% of profits will go to @samaritanscharity and the link is in my bio or tap the pic.
"For more information on the amazing work The Samaritans do, or if you are looking for any support, please go to samaritans.org or call them directly on 116 123.
"Will miss you Flack. Love to your family x."
- If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 16123
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