Charity worker facing thefts case

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A man who said he was using his celebrity connections to raise £100,000 for sick children has been accused of stealing from a charity for terminally ill youngsters.

Simon Mitchell said his aim was to raise £100,000 in the two years doctors had given him after cancer struck one of his lungs.

The 42-year-old arranged for ill children to meet celebrities such as TV’s The Stig and Katie Price.

But yesterday he stood in the dock accused of stealing from a charity for which he was a volunteer worker.

Mitchell worked for Donna’s Dream House, a charity funded hotel which gives holidays to terminally ill children and their families.

Mitchell of Kingsmede, South Shore, faces two offences of theft. He is charged with the theft of a mobile phone and laptop computer valued together at £543 from the charity between New Year’s Day and September 1 last year.

He is also accused of stealing a satellite navigations system from the same charity.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the case was suitable for hearing at a magistrates court and the bench agreed to hear the case.

Mitchell pleaded not guilty to both offences. He was put on unconditional bail to appear at Preston Crown Court on September 19.

When Mitchell launched his £100,000 bid he said he wanted to help 300 children fullfil their dreams and produced his own bucket list of what he intended to do within two years.

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