Bogus cancer fund passed to children

Birmingham Children's Hospital is set to receive a windfall of several thousand pounds that was originally raised to help a footballer who had lied about having cancer.

Thousands of pounds has reportedly been raised on behalf of Tamworth Football Club player Nick Colley since he told team-mates in May that he had cancer.

Colley was sacked by the non-league club last week after revealing he had lied about having the disease. He said he wanted the money to go to the local children's hospital, provided the donors didn't choose to have their money returned to them.

A Colley family spokesman said: "We chose the hospital because it is the nearest cause. The money will probably be with them before next March."

Donations rolled in through local fundraising events set up by the Road to Recovery Appeal, a fundraising group independent of the club, after Colley duped team-mates about his 'condition' in May just after the team lost the FA Trophy final.

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