A man has been found guilty of stealing tens of thousands of pounds of money he raised to help children with cancer, including a fund for his own son.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Kevin Wright, 49, from Quince, Amington, Staffordshire, raised almost £1m in donations for several funds between May 2005 and December 2008, but took £800,000 for his own purposes.
This included £171,500 from the Bobby Wright Cancer Fighting Fund, set up to raise money for treatment for his son Bobby, who survived after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of three in 2005. Donations to the fund included £60,000 from the charities Caudwell Children and Janet Nash.
Andrew West, a specialist fraud lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Kevin Wright abused his high position of trust in the most cynical and dishonest way possible. Whatever the original motive for setting up the Bobby Wright Cancer Fighting Fund, over time Kevin Wright became adept at manipulating people’s natural sympathies to defraud the public out of vast sums of money."
Wright was found guilty of eight counts of theft and two of fraud. He will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on 5 September.