RESIDENTS of the Moorside estate in Dewsbury where Shannon Matthews disappeared will choose how cash raised for her appeal will be spent.
Family, friends, neighbours, local businesses and community groups donated money into the Help Find Shannon Fund during the 24 days the nine-year-old was missing.
Since she was found on March 14, many residents raised concerns about what happened to donations of £3,000, of which only £1,000 remains.
Yesterday, six fund trustees and local community support group Pathfinders met to discuss what they would do with the cash.
Pathfinders spokesperson, Roger O’Doherty, said the decision was made to send a letter to every resident giving them three choices. He said: “The problem has been that much of it had come from non-traceable donations.
“Those who made a traceable donation will be given the choice of getting it back or leaving it in the pool.”
The options are to buy computers for the community centre, to donate it to a local charity or school.
Julie Busby, 38, chairman of the community centre, said: “A few were angry when it came out that the family may have been involved but this wasn’t a swindle”.