Family’s fraud fears over funds for Epworth’s Alexander Strong

Mark and Alex Strong. Picture: Andrew Kershaw
Mark and Alex Strong. Picture: Andrew Kershaw

The family of Alexander Strong fear fraudsters may have cashed in on their late son’s name and the goodwill of fundraisers.

Mark Strong has passed on his suspicions to fraud squad detectives to investigate the claims that funding supposedly raised in memory of his seven-year-old son may have been misdirected in to the wrong hands.

Mr Strong, of Burnham Road, Epworth, said he had good reason to believe that people may have supplied money to causes they believed were connected with his son Lexy or with associated fundraising bodies when in fact they could have been sending their hard-earned cash to bogus causes or charities.

He has now contacted Humberside Police about his fears.

Mr Strong told the Bells: “I have filed a report with the fraud squad. If anyone suspects they may have had dealings with someone who is not connected directly to us I would like them to get in touch with me.

“Obviously we’re very concerned. I have been working hard looking in to it, which is one reason why I have not yet fully updated the website with details of all donations received. They will all be put up there at some point.”

Lex, touched the heart of hundreds of Isle residents as he bravely battled a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

Tens of thousands of pounds were raised in his name to help pay for treatment before the Epworth Primary School pupil lost his fight in January. Since then wellwishers, including friends as well as strangers, have continued raising money in Lex’s name.

Mr Strong said the family, including wife Maxine and daughter Olivia, had been overwhelmed by the response.

He added: “We were going to close Lexy’s fund down but so many people want to keep a fund running that we are now hoping it will become ‘Lexy’s Legacy’ instead, to feed in to the Neuroblastoma Society.”

“We can’t thank people enough for what they’ve done to help us and other families with children with cancer.”

Jenny Green has set up a justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Lexys-Legacy. She has lapel pins priced £2 each for sale on the site, with T-shirts and hoodies featuring the Lexy’s Legacy logo on them to be on sale soon.

Lapel pins will also be on sale at Leesa’s Sunspot in Epworth.

Another family friend, Anne Horscraft, has a book from the office of Roman Abramovich, signed by Chelsea first team squad which will be auctioned on facebook. A starting bid of £80 has already been made.

And on April 26 people are urged to ‘wear purple for neuroblastoma day’ and post pictures of themselves on social networks to promote awareness of the disease.

Mr Strong hopes to return to his work as a chartered engineer shortly, after which Mrs Strong will take over all the administration connected with the website http://lexysfund.btck.co.uk/

Anyone with concerns over potentially fraudulent fundraising in Lex’s name should email Mr Strong at lexysfund@btinternet.com