Pregnant charity worker jailed after attempted theft from cancer sufferer

A PREGNANT charity fundraiser from Kirkby Woodhouse, who tried to steal £3,500 collected by a cancer sufferer, has been jailed for a year.

Emma Critchley (36), of Sherwood Dene, also stole £8,000 from an urban renewal group in Mansfield where she was the treasurer.

Jailing her for a year on Friday, a judge at Nottingham Crown Court told her: “These offences were a grave breach of trust.”

In 2009 she was working as a fundraising co-ordinator for the Maggie’s Cancer Care charity in Nottingham.

A woman with cancer was so impressed with the help given by the charity she held a garden party at Shelford Manor, which raised £3,500 for the charity, said Martin Hurst, prosecuting.

Critchley was given the cheque but tippex-ed out the name Maggie’s and paid it into her own account.

At the time she was on bail for stealing from the East Titchfield neighbourhood management team, also known as the action group. It was mainly funded by Mansfield District Council.

As treasurer and secretary she applied in early 2007 for a grant for projects including one at King Edward’s school.

Over a period of just over two months she stole £8,000 in 13 separate transactions.

Critchley, who pleaded guilty to theft and fraud, was of previous good character.

The 12 months sentence would see her released before she gave birth.

It was likely she would be released on home detention before serving half her prison term.