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Fake cancer teacher used this ‘Macmillan’ letter to scam £19,000

This is one of the fake Macmillan cancer letters made by a teacher who lied and said she had cancer in an attempt to scam £19,000 from a fundraiser.

Keera Brayford, 25, produced fake sick notes from made-up doctors after she told friends and family she had three types of tumours.

The former sociology teacher was only caught when a colleagues at Thomas Sutton Academy in St Helens suspected the documents were forged.

This is one of the FAKE Macmillan cancer letters penned by a ?despicable? conwoman on her way to a bogus ?19,000 of fundraised cash. Former sociology teacher Keera Brayford pretended she had the terminal illness, informing friends and family she had three types of growing tumours which could prove fatal. The 25-year-old, from Whiston, dreamed up doctors? names and email addresses, and also reproduced official-looking fake correspondence from hospitals and other medical experts. The alarm was first raised by colleagues at Thomas Sutton Academy in St Helens who suspected Brayford?s sick notes were not genuine. Teacher Keera Brayford was given a suspended jail sentence for conning thousands of pounds from charities and wellwishers after pretending that she had terminal cancer. Pictured, Keera Brayford (l) outside Liverpool Crown Court.

Keera Brayford, 25, cried after a court heard how she fooled even her own mum and dad (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Brayford narrowly avoided jail last week, after a court heard how she invented a non-existent chemotherapy regime and convinced well-wishers to donate cash for new alternative treatments as normal methods ‘had not worked’.

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One of her bogus letters said: ‘I am writing to confirm the decision made on the case put forward by Dr N Smith on your behalf in regards to fully funding or part funding your alternative treatments, you have been put forward for, that come to a cost of £120,000.’

The coffee-stained and grammatically incorrect text added: ‘I am pleased to announce that Macmillan Cancer Care Support have made the decision to part fund your treatment, offering £104,000 to put towards your treatments.

‘Once you have secured the remaining amount, please let your Macmillan nurse know and we shall release the funds.

‘As mentioned by D N Smith, there is a time limit of six months to secure the remaining amounts for the treatment.’

A teacher pretended she had cancer to pocket a ?19,000 windfall from kind-hearted charity donors. Keera Brayford even lied to close family and friends, claiming she had three types of tumours which were growing and likely to kill her. Screengrabs from the JustGiving page of Keera Brayford

The letter in full (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Jessica James was one well-wisher who raised money for Brayford, handing over £40 to the Knowsley woman’s cause.

Jessica James donated £40 to the Knowsley woman’s cause and wrote on social media at the time: ‘Keera is an amazing person, so caring and wonderful, she’s going through a horrid experience, and needs all the help she can get to relax and focus on her health – cancer is evil.’

The message was linked to on Brayford’s own JustGiving page which asked: ‘The question was, what would the chemo kill first: the cancer or me.’

But now, after Brayford’s conviction, Ms James told Liverpool Echo: ‘I am shocked, angry and confused. I met Keera when I was about 16 in 2008, I think.

‘We were in the same theatre company, Kaboom. She taught me how to apply eyelashes and do make-up better and comforted me for ages when I was made homeless at 17.

‘She was the nicest, sweetest person ever. I’m just heartbroken. I genuinely didn’t believe it when I saw the story. I doubted it fully, I’m still in shock.

This is one of the FAKE Macmillan cancer letters penned by a ?despicable? conwoman on her way to a bogus ?19,000 of fundraised cash. Former sociology teacher Keera Brayford pretended she had the terminal illness, informing friends and family she had three types of growing tumours which could prove fatal. The 25-year-old, from Whiston, dreamed up doctors? names and email addresses, and also reproduced official-looking fake correspondence from hospitals and other medical experts. The alarm was first raised by colleagues at Thomas Sutton Academy in St Helens who suspected Brayford?s sick notes were not genuine. Screengrabs from the JustGiving page of Keera Brayford

She managed to raise £19,000 on Just Giving (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

‘But I feel like I needed to rant and share my anger, heartbreak and shock.’

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A Macmillan Cancer Care spokeswoman declined to comment on the Brayford case, but asked that anyone with concerns regarding fundraising should contact their 9am-5pm support centre.

Brayford managed to fool even her own mum and dad, who were last week supporting their daughter at Liverpool Crown Court.

She made internet Google searches on ‘how to defraud an employer’ as part of her ruse.

Charity fundraising efforts were organised to help her and one man even planned to jump out of a plane to get more cash for her.

She was eventually arrested and charged with fraud.

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She narrowly escaped jail at Liverpool Crown Court (Picture: PA)

It transpired her con had begun when she had problems getting time off school to go and get a test for sexually transmitted diseases.

She managed to raise £19,000 and spent £9,000 to pay off her debt. The remaining £10,000 is still with Just Giving.

Brayford, of Cedar Road, Whiston, also used some of the fundraised cash on clothes, and payments to the Very.co.uk online fashion store.

She was handed a two year sentence, suspended for two years, and must complete 35 rehabilitation days.

The St Helens ex-teacher must keep a curfew, meaning she must be indoors between the hours 7pm to 6am. She will also wear an electronic tag for a year.



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