Volunteer who stole from charity ordered to pay £22,000 in compensation

Kate Hetherington, 29, of Aglionby in Cumbria, was given a 20-month sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to theft from Cancer Research UK

Kate Hetherington
Kate Hetherington

A Cancer Research UK volunteer has been given a suspended sentenced and ordered to repay more than £22,000 stolen from the charity.

Kate Hetherington, 29, from Aglionby near Carlisle, was given a 20-month sentence suspended for two years after a hearing at Carlisle Crown Court last week.

Hetherington, who pleaded guilty at the same court on 29 April to two counts of theft, took more than £21,000 between April 2013 and September 2015 when she was the head of a local CRUK fundraising group.

She also stole £600 between August 2014 and August 2015 while managing a CRUK charity shop in Carlisle.

In addition to the suspended sentence, Hetherington will have a six-month night-time curfew, will have to complete rehabilitation and will be required to pay £22,076.17 compensation to the charity.

Simon Ledsham, director of trading and volunteer fundraising at CRUK, said: "At CRUK we do not tolerate this behaviour. We’ve been working with Carlisle Police to investigate the events and have reviewed our procedures to help prevent rare incidents like this reoccurring. 

"We hope that this matter does not deter any of our generous supporters in the future and are pleased that sentence has been passed and this case is now closed."

PC Carol Mair, from Cumbria Constabulary, said: "A theft from a charity is always going to warrant a thorough investigation by the police, and in this case we are pleased that we were able to identify the offender and bring her to justice.

"The sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence, and we are particularly pleased that Miss Hetherington has been ordered to pay back the money stolen. I hope that this case does not overshadow the fantastic work that CRUK and its volunteers do."

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