Help for Heroes say the public have been shocked by the case of Christopher Copeland from mid-Devon, who has been jailed for stealing £300,000 through fake charity collections.
A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Wiltshire charity Help For Heroes and kept the money for himself has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
52 year old Christopher Copeland from mid-Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.
He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately, who took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country. The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.
A man is due to be sentenced today after defrauding the Wiltshire based charity Help for Heroes out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Christopher Copeland from Devon admitted taking £300,000 over an eighteen month period. He's been told by the judge that he faces a 'lengthy' jail sentence.
Christopher Copeland from Devon has been told he faces a long prison sentence after defrauding the charity Help for Heroes out of £300,000. DCI Mike Robison from Devon and Cornwall Police spoke to ITV Westcountry outside court today and told us it was one of the charity collectors Copeland was using that became alerted the police.
A man has been told he faces a long jail sentence after defrauding the Wiltshire-based charity Help for Heroes out of £300,000.
Garage owner Christopher Copeland organised charity supermarket collections with teams of volunteers, but failed to give the money to the charity.
The 51-year-old pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced on 15th September.
A former Lance Corporal from Wiltshire is being hailed a bionic man after a remarkable return to fitness.
Seven years ago doctors told Jonathon le Galloudec he'd never walk again after he was shot in Iraq. Within months he'd proved them wrong.
Now the forces charity Help for Heroes are hoping to use his example to persuade the government to fund similar carbon fibre splints.
Richard Payne reports
A former soldier from Wiltshire, paralysed in an attack in Iraq, has started running thanks to the UK's first bionic splints.
Jonathon Le Galloudec was shot in the spine 7 years ago but has defied the experts with technology previously only available in America. If his trials are successful, the charity Help for Heroes will campaign for them to be funded by the NHS for injured veterans.
The Duchess of Cornwall met people taking place in a cycle race in aid of the Wiltshire-based charity Help for Heroes in Paris today.
It's part of her first solo official trip abroad. Cyclists taking part in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride are cycling from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to London to raise funds for the charity.