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Charity fundraisers 'trying to profit from Yateley's Freddie Hunt'

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Charity fundraisers 'trying to profit from Yateley's Freddie Hunt'

Published at 6:01am 10th March 2017. (Updated at 6:55am 10th March 2017)

Charity fundraisers are accused of trying to make money off the back of Yateley toddler Freddie Hunt.

A number of people in the area have reported workers, collecting on behalf of national charity CLIC Sargent, falsely claiming they helped the two-year-old get treatment.

Freddie has a brain tumour and is currently being treated by doctors in the US.

The community raised the funds to get him there under the name Together For Freddie.

Family friend Emma Fullard, said: "They haven't paid for any flights, they haven't paid for any of the campaign whatsoever.

"Abby and Dave (Freddie's mum and dad) weren't even aware of the charity.

"It's a shame because a good charity has had its name slated."

Freddie 9

Emma says she has been in contact with a director at the charity: "He said he has pulled off all of the team that are working in the area and a full investigation is taking place into what has been said.

"He was apologetic."

Child cancer charity CLIC Sargent says the fundraisers were employed by an agency.

A spokesperson said: "We expect professional agencies fundraising on CLIC Sargent's behalf to use the highest standards of fundraising practice and adhere to fundraising regulations. 

"As soon as we were made aware of the issue we immediately made contact with the complainant and instructed the agency to stop fundraising in the area whilst we carry out a full investigation."

Meanwhile, Freddie continues to recover from a major operation to remove most of the tumour from his brain.

He had recently been suffering from vomiting and was forced to go back into A&E earlier this week.

Freddie Airport

On Thursday, mum Abby posted the latest update on Facebook: "MRI came back just showing expected swelling from operation, nothing to worry about, so good.

"He has a blocked bowel so he's had some treatment for it. Back in our USA home now.

"Watch and wait to see if he needs further treatment to flush him out with a tube down his throat. Thank you for everyone's messages."

The operation was just the first part of the treatment and, once well enough, Freddie will have proton therapy.

The family endured more costs than they were expecting and their fundraising continues.

More than £200,000 has been raised second time around, taking the overall total to almost £430,000.

Contribute to Freddie's fundraising campaign

Freddie Hunt

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