MAN STEALS FUNDS FORM CHILD CANCER FUND – There is no life more precious than that of a child and our sympathy for a sick child knows no bounds.
With this being a fundamental fact it makes you wonder what type of person would steal from a charity fund that is specifically meant to help children with cancer. Taking this another step further you might be wondering what type of person could steal from such a fund when their own child was a recipient that allowed him to be cured of cancer.
That person is Kevin Wright, 49, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, who has just been convicted of no less than ten of twelve counts of theft and fraud of a children’s charity fund that helps kids with cancer; and yes his own son was one of those who benefited from the fund and is now cancer free.
All in all the authorities uncovered theft and fraud totaling just over £170,000.
As Wright stood in the dock he bowed his head in shame as a jury of five men and seven women found him guilty of ten of the twelve counts of theft and fraud.
Wright initially set up a fund to raise money for his own son after he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma; a rare type of cancer. With modern medicine, the charity and dedication of hospital staff Wright’s son, Bobby Wright at just 3 years of age survived. Bobby is now 11 years of age and thanks in part to the fund he is now cancer free; which will delight anyone reading this for a child should never suffer such a disease.
During the trial the jury was told how Wright had stolen money from the cancer fund that allowed him loan £20,000 to a friend for his second-hand car business, buy £60,000 worth of Premium Bonds, purchase a restaurant for £30,000 and invest in a pub at a cost of £30,000.
Wright set up the Callum’s Appeal in order to raise my for a child Callum Kaye, a child diagnosed with a brain tumour; his mother Anna Kaye gave evidence about the advice Wright gave regarding dietary needs for cancer patients and even said that there was possible treatment in the U.S for Callum.
Callum’s doctors told Ms. Kaye that the dietary suggestions and the treatment in the U.S where not appropriate for Callum.
In 2008 Anna Kaye told Wright that she no longer felt it appropriate for Wright to continue raising funds for Callum’s trip to the U.S as treatment was evidently not possible but Wright refused saying that the fundraising should continue.
Wright is now due to appear before Nottingham Crown Court on September 5th for sentencing.
It really does beggar belief that anyone could steal from a fund that is designed to help children; any such person must be completely devoid of any compassion or morals.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a child’s cancer ward, as I have, will tell you stories of extreme bravery on behalf of the kids, unwavering professionalism from doctors and nurses and of course for those who succumb a sense of loss that could never be put into words for those left behind.
It’s likely that Wright will get less than 5 years and yet people like him should rot in the deepest and darkest of holes.
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