8 Tuesday July 25 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News $1.5m donation fails to surface for Maddie • By Gabrielle Stuart THE WOMAN who made a $1.5million pledge that could help save West Melton teenager Maddie Collins’ life has gone to ground. Maddie’s family have not heard from the woman since Thursday - when The star newspaper revealed that the woman’s pledge was likely to be bigus. Maddie’s family are devastate dthe woman is unlikely to have the money. A middle-aged woman told the family she would donate the money from a $42 million inheritance, enough to pay for Maddie’s treatment for kidney failure. The woman visited the family’s home to discuss the donation and continually phones and Facebook messages them. But Maddie’s mother Sarah Manson Collins now believes the offer is false. It has distressed the family considerably. “It’s that utter sense of false hope. When we met her we thought all our stresses and worries were gone,” Mrs Manson Collins told The Star. “We thought we’ll get the transplant, and by next year Maddie will be fighting fit and able to get on with life,” she said. Maddie, 13, has kidney failure with potentially life-threatening complications. Her family has been involved in a high profile fundraising campaign to get her a kidney transplant and follow up treatment in the United States. They visited the Baltimore hospital where the operation will take place last month and were told the cost had jumped from $350,000 to more than $700,000. About $170,000 has so far been raised for the St Margaret’s College year 9 student. The family was approached by the woman via Facebook early last month who asked to meet in person at their West Melton home to give them a cheque. The woman spent an hour at their home but didn’t have the cheque, saying she needed to organise it with the bank. Since then the woman has made many more promises to pay, which haven’t eventuated. The latest was on Wednesday morning when the woman said on Facebook Messenger she had arranged the bank transfer last Monday, but could not check it DISAPPOINTED: Animal-lover Maddie Collins, pictured with her pony, Trig, and mum, Sarah Manson Collins, has been left feeling shattered after a bogus $1.5m donation pledge, which would have paid for the kidney treatment she needs. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER as she said she was on holiday in Dunedin. In the message she told Mrs Manson Collins: “A transfer did go out but not too sure where. “Sorry about this mucking around it would be stressful time for you all. Not just Maddie but the whole family.” Mrs Manson Collins sai dthey had not heard again from the woman. The constant hope of the donation was cruel. “That could mean my daughter’s life,” said Mrs Manson Collins. She said the woman seemed genuine when she visited the house. She was aged in her 50s. She was completely bewildered about why the woman would do that to them, or what she was trying to achieve. The family are looking to get a kidney transplant at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, as there is more chance of getting a donated kidney, and the treatment offered there would make it more likely Maddie’s body would accept it, even if it was not a perfect match. Maddie’s father, Adam Collins, donated one of his kidneys to her in 2012, but her body rejected it. This year Maddie was told the daily dialysis treatment she is on has put so much strain on her heart, she was at risk of a heart attack. That made the need for a kidney transplant more urgent. Attempts by The Star to contact the woman have been futile. But a family member tracked down said she had been known to have “told some whoppers” in the past. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday July 25 2017 9 Inquiry outcome this week • By Gabrielle Stuart A JUNIOR female rugby coach stood down after she allegedly verbally and physically abused a young player will know this week if she will face a formal hearing. West Melton under-14.5s coach Amanda Tomlinson has been sidelined while the Canterbury Rugby Football Union investigates the matter. The incident happened during her team’s match against Lincoln under-14.5s on July 8. Ellesmere Rugby Sub Union president Stuart Boon said he expected the CRFU report to come back in the next couple of days, which would recommend if there would a hearing. A complaint was laid against Tomlinson by the Lincoln Rugby Club. Police are investigating but won’t say what into. Tomlinson said last week she grabbed the Lincoln player by his collar after he kicked a player from her team in the mouth during the match. The Selwyn Times understands the inquiry is also looking at an allegation the player was held by the throat. PRE-GAME: The West Melton under-14.5 team, which is coached by Amanda Tomlinson (inset), before the match in which the incident happened. “I didn’t physically assault him, I didn’t. I grabbed him by the collar of his shirt so he would look me in the eye,” she said. The West Melton player needed dental surgery, she said. “His teeth were facing his tonsils, basically. That doesn’t happen in a game of rugby,” she said. Tomlinson regretted what happened, but said she had to intervene before the boy’s “behaviour escalates”. She said she talked with the boy again after the match and made peace with him. “We’ve talked, we’ve hugged each other,” she said. Tomlinson said she was upset a complaint had been laid. “I spend so much of my time with these young teams, two hours on a Tuesday or a Thursday and two or three hours on a Saturday, and for no reward. So it just hurts,” she said. Lincoln Rugby Club junior advisory board manager Mike Kingston said the boy who had been grabbed by Tomlinson was not injured. He would not comment on Tomlinson saying the Lincoln player had kicked a West Melton opponent in the face. West Melton Rugby Football Club president Anthony Calder refused to comment. In Brief CAMPERVAN CRASH Black ice was the cause of a campervan tipping over at Porters Pass near Lake Lyndon on Sunday morning. The Springfield and Sheffield fire brigades were called out to assist with the campervan accident. Springfield chief fire officer Grant Williams said no-one was hurt. FONTERRA’S BIG PLANS Fonterra has announced plans for two new cream cheese plants for its site in Darfield. A $150 million, two-stage project will see the first plant completed in 2018 with a second to follow in either 2019 or 2020. Fonterra’s director of global foodservice Grant Watson said the investment is a timely one as more and more consumers around Asia develop a preference for milkbased products. BRIGADE’S CHARITY DRIVE The Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade will hold its annual charity 4x4 Mud Plug event on August 27. Vehicles will navigate their way through courses, losing points for knocking pegs or going off course. The event will be held at Derek Bull Farm on the corner of Main West Coast Rd and Waimak Gorge Rd in Sheffield. For more information, call 021 650 554 or 027 604 1824. Just a short stroll from the heart of Lincoln, Te Whariki is a haven for everyone from young families to empty-nesters and retirees. Enjoy a host of amenities close by including New World supermarket, cafés, quality schools and a world-class university, all nestled within a semi-rural setting. Our next stage of sections is coming soon, and with free boundary fencing and site-specific geotech reports, you’ll want to get in quick to secure your slice of paradise, just 20 minutes from Christchurch City. Contact Deane on 0800 548 346 or visit our Show Home Village & Sales Office on Vernon Drive, open 12-4pm Weds-Sun. TeWhariki.co.nz Titled Sections Selling Now!