An online auction by X Factor hopefuls Kingsland Road to raise cash for Birmingham Children's Hospital has been hijacked by hoaxers, it emerged today.
The band put one of their audition guitars used on the TV talent show up for grabs on eBay, and attracted a winning bid of £7,900.
But it has now emerged that the top two bidders, who drove the price up into the thousands, were the same person - and they have no intention of shelling out the amount.
Hospital staff have said they are "devastated" by the news.
The money was earmarked to go towards the hospital's £4million new cancer centre appeal.
The chief executive of a Worcestershire charity awarded almost £100,000 to tackle the problem of homelessness in the county has welcomed the cash injection.
Jean Templeton, who runs St Basils in North Worcestershire, said the money would be used to help young people become more independent.
This grant has been awarded at a time where we are seeing an increase in young people sleeping rough in Worcestershire and where services are at their most stretched with ‘Housing Related Support’ services being reduced.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the local authorities to ensure that vulnerable young people get the appropriate support in finding a solution for their housing needs and to avoid a rough sleeping crisis.
In addition, we will be able to equip them with the skills and resilience they need to become independent.
Almost £100,000 has been awarded to a homelessness project in Worcestershire to help young people with nowhere to go.
The Duty and Crisis Project, run by charity St Basils, says the number of young people in need of help finding accommodation in the north of the county is on the rise - so much so that demand for places is outstripping supply.
This means more and more young people sleeping rough, or 'sofa surfing'.
The charity has been named among 30 across the country to get a grant to help get people off the streets.
The £97,970 cash will be used to help young people fins a home, or prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place by working with them and with council services to find a solution.
The grant is part of a £20million Homelessness Transition Fund from the government.
A father and son whose family was torn apart by alcoholism have made a new start helping others to rebuild their lives. Duncan Gall came home from holiday at the age of 16 to find his father, John, had abandoned him and there was an eviction notice on the door.
Some years later Duncan was inspired by how John had turned his life around by helping homeless people and decided to follow in his footsteps.
The mother of a girl who had a rare bone cancer removed from her arm at a Birmingham hospital plans to do more fundraising in future, having been overwhelmed by the support for her 220-mile sponsored bike ride.
The response to the cycle ride has been overwhelming. We never dreamed it would grow so big, but it just shows how our fantastic communities work in this area.
We have had people coming to our doorstep to drop off donations anonymously, which is amazing.
The parents of a six year old girl who was treated for a rare bone cancer at a Birmingham hospital say support has been 'overwhelming' since they announced plans for a 220-mile bike ride to raise money.
Bethan Evans from Wales underwent an eight hour operation while bone was removed from her arm.
A comedy extravaganza is being held today to raise cash for a charity set up by tragic young brain cancer victim Harry Moseley.
Local professional stand-up comics including Mickey Sharma, Karen Bayley, Andy White and Steve Day will perform at Highlight Birmingham today to raise cash for Help Harry, Help Others.
The charity was set up by Harry, who died aged just 11 in October 2011 after a four-year battle with brain cancer.
He raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity during his young life.
The amount of money donated to a charity supported by swimmer Susan Taylor has reached nearly £80,000.
Susan from Barwell in Leicestershire was swimming across the English Channel to raise money for the Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough when she collapsed and died.
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a woman who died while trying to swim the English Channel. Last month Susan Taylor collapsed just a mile from the French coast.
She was raising money for charities including a Children's Hospice in Leicestershire. The total raised has so far reached nearly £80k.