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Kingsland Road label cancer charity hoax 'cruel and sad'

Kingsland Road singer Matt Cahill has told ITV News Central of his anger after an online conman placed hoax bids in a charity auction for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The X Factor band has strong Midland ties with Matt having lived in Birmingham, while Jay is from Wolverhampton, Connor is from Rugby, and Thompson is from Coventry.

Matt Cahill, in the 'Choose Life' T-shirt, has labelled the hoaxer "cruel and sad" Credit: ITV/The X Factor

He said the band members were now trying to work out what to do to help raise money for the hospital, which would have put the money towards a £4million new cancer care centre.

Speaking to ITV News Central today, he said:

It's just disheartening that someone could be so cruel - it's for somewhere that treats young children with cancer.

We saw how high the bids had got, and then it turned out that it was one guy bidding against himself and it was all just a hoax.

For someone to do that, to spend their day like that, is so cruel and so sad. I can't really understand it.

With a few of us from the Midlands, we have always been aware of the hospital and then we visited earlier this year, and it was great.

We just wanted to do something nice - the staff were run off their feet but so lovely.

We really felt like we should do something to try to help out a bit.

Hospital bosses 'devastated' by charity auction hoax

Bosses at Birmingham Children's Hospital say they are "devastated" by news that a whopping £8,000 charity bid was nothing more than a cruel hoax.

X Factor hopefuls Kingsland Road put one of their audition guitars up for sale on eBay, attracting a winning bid of £7,900.

But the high bid has come to nothing after it emerged that the winning bidder was an online prankster.

Birmingham Children's Hospital say they are devastated by the loss of charity cash Credit: David Jones/PA

The money would have gone towards Birmingham Children's Hospital's appeal to raise £4million towards a new cancer care centre - and staff say the news has been a blow.

Vikki Savery, the hospital's public fundraising manager, said:

We’re absolutely devastated to hear about this hoax bidder and can’t believe that someone could be so cruel.

Since they visited our cancer ward, Josh, Jay, Connor, Thompson and Matt have been so determined to raise as much money as possible to enable us to have a brand new cancer centre.

We are over half way towards that goal, and the money that the lads had thought they’d raised was going to help us to get even closer to making our dreams a reality and to give our very poorly patients and their families the best possible environment, while going through such difficult times.

There is still some way to go with our appeal but every little bit helps, which is why this news has been so devastating to us.


Kingsland Road charity auction hijacked by hoaxers

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.

Kingsland Road had been keen to raise cash for the appeal Credit: Ian West/PA

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.

Charity chief welcomes £100k cash to help homeless

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.

– Jean Templeton, St Basils chief executive

Charity given £100k grant to fight homelessness

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 says homelessness amongst young people in Worcestershire is on the rise Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

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.

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Father and son help others rebuild their lives, full report

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.


Response to sponsored cycle ride 'overwhelming'

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.

– Lynne Evans, mother of Bethan Evans

Support for sponsored bike ride 'overwhelming'

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 will have scans at Birmingham Children's Hospital until she is 18 Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bethan Evans from Wales underwent an eight hour operation while bone was removed from her arm.

Comedy event to raise cash for Harry Moseley charity

A comedy extravaganza is being held today to raise cash for a charity set up by tragic young brain cancer victim Harry Moseley.

Harry Moseley, who died aged 11 two years ago after a four-year battle with cancer Credit: ITV Central

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.

Charity donations for channel swimmer reaches nearly £80,000

Susan Taylor preparing for her swim of the Channel for the Rainbow's Hospice Credit: Facebook

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.

Yesterday, hundreds attended her funeral.

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