Cancer charity in row over Ashya King family’s legal fees

A family picture of Ashya in Southampton General Hospital
A family picture of Ashya in Southampton General Hospital

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THE brother of Ashya King has criticised a cancer charity for deciding it will no longer help the family.

Around £50,000 in donations had been received by Kids n Cancer UK to help Ashya, from Southsea, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year.

But it has decided it will now give the money to other sick children as the NHS agreed to pay for five-year-old Ashya’s proton therapy treatment last month.

But the decision has sparked criticism from Ashya’s brother Naveed, who claims the charity labelled the family as ‘greedy’ asking for help.

The family had also asked the charity to cover their legal fees while in Spain, but it says it’s legally not able to do that.

In a statement on Facebook, Naveed wrote: ‘We have asked Kids n Cancer to support us with paying for the legal fees involving the custody and the release of my parents from prison as well as living expenses whilst we are in Prague.

‘Kids n Cancer came back with a reply saying that they were not willing to help us, they said we are greedy asking for help... Kids N Cancer have never given us any money and they are refusing to help us now.’

Mike Hyman, chief executive officer of Kids n Cancer UK, said in a statement: ‘Kids n Cancer have helped many many families over the years and will continue to do so, there are many many families who do not get the sort of donations that the Kings have had. ‘The Just Giving Page was set up by Sanjay Gunatra who specified that now the treatment has been paid for that the donations will go towards helping other sick children and their families.

‘The Kings asked us to pay their legal expenses which we cannot legally do, there has obviously been a significant amount of money raised and I reiterate that Kids n Cancer were prepared to underwrite £100,000 to pay for Ashya Kings treatment.’