Kirkby charity thief fails to have sentence cut

A FUNDRAISER for a cancer charity who stole and defrauded money meant for the needy has failed to persuade top judges to free her on appeal.

Emma Louise Critchley (36) of Sherwood Dene, Kirkby, altered a £3,500 cheque donated by an elderly cancer patient and tried to pay it into her own bank account whilst working for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Critchley also committed thefts to the tune of more than £8,000 from a community charity in Mansfield where she previously worked.

She was jailed for a year at Nottingham Crown Court last month, after pleading guilty to theft and fraud.

On Wednesday Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Bean and Mrs Justice Swift, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, heard her lawyers plead for her sentence to be suspended.

During the Crown Court hearing, Critchley had been described as the “well-known face” of a campaign to raise £500,000 for a new Maggie’s cancer centre in Nottingham.

When she altered the donor’s cheque and tried to bank the money, she was already on police bail for stealing £8,017 from East Titchfield Neighbourhood Management Team, a community group where she previously volunteered.