he household of a pregnant nurse who died with Covid-19 nonetheless haven’t obtained 1000’s of kilos donated to fundraiser arrange for them after her dying final 12 months.
A GoFundMe web page organised by household good friend, Rhoda Asiedu, was launched to assist “Mary’s husband, and the couple’s youngsters… throughout this heavy and attempting time”.
The web page went on to lift greater than £186,000, which Ms Asiedu’s legal professionals say has been put right into a belief fund.
Ms Agyapong’s widower, Ernest Boateng, informed the BBC he had not been concerned within the course of. Nonetheless, trustees for the fund claimed that Mr Boateng had did not co-operate to rearrange funds.
The daddy of two, who’s “struggling a bit” financially, informed the broadcaster he tries to maintain his “head above the water.”
“I discover it very shocking that we’ve not been requested or concerned with this GoFundMe cash – it’s past my understanding,” he added.
The cash has been paid to Ms Asiedu’s authorized workforce, Blue Trinity, who mentioned it was put “on belief” for the schooling of the 2 youngsters.
The agency informed the Commonplace that every youngster will obtain 40 per cent from the funds and the remaining 20 per cent could be despatched to Mr Boateng for “upkeep and maintenance” of the youngsters.
However they claimed he had “did not co-operate with the trustees to rearrange a schedule of upkeep.”
When the Commonplace requested for affirmation on whether or not or not the remaining funds had now been despatched to his account, Blue Trinity didn’t present a response.
The BBC reported that the legislation agency didn’t reply that when requested for proof of belief paperwork.
In a press release despatched to the Commonplace, GoFundMe mentioned: “The cash raised in reminiscence of Mary Agyapong is in a registered belief fund.
“The organiser has been clear about this intention, and has up to date donors on the aim of the belief fund. The belief fund is managed by Blue Trinity.”
However the BBC reported that it discovered an archived snapshot of the webpage on April 16 which had no reference to a belief in any respect.
Wendy Addai, who’s a part of the fundraising workforce that raised the cash, informed the broadcaster that the group had not anticipated to lift such a big sum of cash.
“So we went to hunt recommendation from a lawyer, who was finalising agreements with Ernest’s legal professionals,” she mentioned, including, “With regard to GoFundMe themselves they requested updates and proof with what was being completed with the cash however that was so far as their involvement went.”
Ms Asiedu has since revealed an replace on the GoFundMe web page, which states that she and Mr Charles Owusu Boachi Agyepong, Ms Agyapong’s brother, have been the trustees of the Mary Mo Memorial Belief Fund.