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Bobby's Fund founder denies £285,000 fraud charges

A father who set up a fund to raise money for his son's cancer treatment has denied stealing and defrauding charities of more than £285,000.

Kevin Wright, 48, is charged with nine counts of fraud and 11 of theft, relating to both Bobby's Fund and other children's charities.

His wife, Jacqueline Wright, is accused of converting criminal property.

The couple, previously of Exeter and now of Tamworth, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Children's charities

Mrs Wright, 42, was not asked to enter a plea.

Ten of Mr Wright's charges relate to donations for treatment of his son Bobby Wright, or to the Bobby Wright Cancer Fighting Fund, or to a company called Bobby's Fund.

Mr Wright was also involved in a number of other fundraising operations around the country including Callum's Appeal, Appeal4Jessica and Marni's appeal, all for children with cancer.

The court heard Mr Wright is charged with stealing or fraudulently using more than £285,000 between May 2006 and September 2009.

The couple were granted bail and are due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 11 January 2013.

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