Police are probing astonishing claims that a teenage cancer patient turned charity fundraiser faked his illness.
Officials at the Clutha Trust charity in Scotland allege Eli Stewart told lies about his terminal disease.The 19-year-old allegedly told the Trust and other charities he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
He claims his condition was discovered after a knee scan and a biopsy revealed cancer in his lungs and stomach, the Daily Record reported .
Stewart – who has been photographed with his head shaved and hooked up to a nasal cannula – was also gifted a £1000 guitar by the charity.Last November, he was then given an all-expenses paid trip to Belfast to see the Titanic exhibition by Project Genie – another group who help vulnerable young people.
The Clutha Trust founder, Alan Crossan invited Stewart take part in a charity tribute to David Bowie at the Barrowland Ballroom last year.
“We do events through the Clutha Trust to help disadvantaged youngsters.Crossan became concerned Stewart appeared to be exaggerating his ill health.
“This wee guy appeared at the Clutha about a year ago and what we do is give kids a chance to play on a Sunday afternoon. He said he was terminally ill and had only six months to live.”
But towards the end of last year, Crossan became suspicious and challenged Stewart.
He added: “It started off with cancer, then it was epilepsy, then a heart transplant – that was what really raised the alarm with me. He also said he was suffering from seizures.
Stewart claimed on Twitter last March he had missed an Adele concert because he was recovering from chemotherapy.
Yesterday, his Facebook page appeared to have been removed.
Crossan says he also became concerned about how Stewart’s claims were affecting others.