Charity saved by donations

NDET 12-7-12 TW 11 Cancer Relief UK getting more donations l to r Phil Staton,Steve Coupe
NDET 12-7-12 TW 11 Cancer Relief UK getting more donations l to r Phil Staton,Steve Coupe
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Kind-hearted donations made in the wake of a charity scam have helped saved the company from the brink of closure.

After the Derbyshire Times reported that Chesterfield-based Cancer Relief UK had suffered massive losses at the hands of conmen, generous donors have rallied to support them.

Thanks to donations of clothing and bric-a-brac as well as some cash donations, the charity – which offers financial support to cancer sufferers – has escaped threat of closure.

Phil Staton, 51, a volunteer, said: “We have had a great response from people who have seen the newspaper articles.

“Every bit that people bring in goes straight into the charity to help us get out of this awful situation and start doing what we are set up to do, which is helping people.”

Charity founders, Steve and Tracy Coupe, were left devastated in May when conmen – who said they were from a company called Starmex Networks – stole £10,000 worth of stock.

And while they want to thank people for their support, they stressed that there is still work to be done.

“We are not out of the muddy water yet” added Phil.

“We are launching an operation called ‘Glad Rags’ to encourage people to continue to donate their unwanted clothes to us.”

To donate, visit their Clay Cross shop at the Coney Green Network Centre.

Derbyshire police say they are investigations are still underway into the con.