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This week, the Humber Bridge gets cultured.
And we look concerns over how money supposed to help
children with cancer appears to have been spent.
Tonight, questions about the fundraising tactics of the head
of the children's cancer charity and his use of the
I have always thought that he was genuinely trying to help
children that really, really needed help,
On the trail of the dog owners who leave a mess behind.
Has he given you permission for your dog to foul on his land?
And later in the programme, making music with the sounds
Now, when you donate to charity, you hope that the money raised
The charity Kids 'n' Cancer, based in Chesterfield,
claims to have helped 150 children since it was set up in 2010.
But Inside Out has heard worrying allegations about how money
is raised and the use of the charity's bank account.
Now, if you want to start a charity to raise as much money as possible,
I don't think you can get better words than these...
Kids - we all want to protect kids ? and cancer.
Put them together and surely that is no more emotionally charged
And who could argue that it is not a worthy cause?
But tonight, Inside Out can reveal serious concerns about how
the charity Kids 'N' Cancer has been run.
All the children that you will see on the screen tonight are people
that you have helped by coming and supporting Kids 'n'
Cancer, and you know we have never turned a child down.
Mike Hyman, the CEO, founder and trustee,
It has had an income of more than ?2 million.
But where has that money really gone?
How many children has he actually helped, or how many families has
he actually supported and gone through with his promises?
I have always thought that he was genuinely trying to help
children that really, really needed help,
A former book-keeper, a trustee of the charity
and even his own son have spoken to Derbyshire Police
It is not a proud moment to say anything bad about your dad,
because everyone wants their dad to be their hero, don't they?
Now, it says here on the Kids 'n' Cancer website that they have
helped 150 children since they were formed in 2010.
There is no proton beam therapy in this country.
Next year, the first of two UK centres will open
in Manchester, costing hundreds of millions of pounds.
Until then, the NHS funds some children to receive it abroad.
Kids 'n' Cancer claimed it would find those who were turned
down and pay the expenses of those who where funded.
The charity's promotional booklet tells the story
And Alex Barnes' is an uplifting one.
There are pages and pages on his treatment in the USA,
and he features prominently on the charity's website
as well, as one of those Mike Hyman had helped.
I received zero money for Alex's treatment from Kids 'n' Cancer,
I was originally quite happy for Alex to feature
as the poster boy, if you like, for the charity because we believe
in the treatment and we believed in the charity.
It was the people of the East Midlands that donated
the money that saved my son and that is why he is
But, last November, Alex was once again the poster
boy at the charity's winter fundraising ball.
He and his family agreed to raise money.
Kids 'n' Cancer was set up to help families and children
who were not funded, who fell outside the net
And we have 13 children and the first child to be treated,
Brandon Bell, in America, he is now seven years in remission.
But Brandon Bell is another child whose treatment Mike Hyman falsely
The ?200,000 to send him to the USA for proton beam therapy was raised
This cheque presentation marked the final ?10,000 needed.
He claims his charity gave the money, but it was in fact given
by Cancer Relief UK, before Kids 'n' Cancer even started.
We wanted to find out how many of the 13 children had actually
So we asked Kids 'n' Cancer to provide us
The accounts reveal more than ?2 million of income since 2010,
and it is unclear how many children have been treated from those funds.
Bill Wilson worked as book-keeper for the charity before he raised
Cash payments featured regularly in the charity's books,
but this one, for ?5,000, stood out to him.
I got the 5000 off the monthly bank statements and I was inputting it.
That is the limit of what a Kids 'n' Cancer debit card
I was told it was a cash grant to two ladies ?
I asked him why he had not done it by electronic transfer for such
a large amount and he said, these ladies were poor and they had
Roz Barnes is a designer for online fashion boutique.
Roz Barnes is a designer for an online fashion boutique.
Nadine Wilson works as a cabin crew member
Inside Out informed them that they appear on the charity's
books as having received this ?5,000 cash.
There is also a further entry of ?1,000 cash
That ?5,000, I don't know where that has come
Because it did not come to me or Roz.
I need to know why there is an entry that says that you have
What on earth for, when was it, and how are you going to prove it?
Because I can prove that you didn't. I am very upset.
I need to think about the impact on my family, but also
all the children in need of this help.
Did they not get it? Did they get this help or not?
Both women went to the USA to support Nadine's nephew
who was undergoing prostate cancer treatment whilst his mother, Kelly,
Nadine claims that while Kids 'n' Cancer did give some money,
they did not provide the support Mike Hyman promised.
I was promised that Mike would pay my wages.
I started to pester him a little bit because we were running out
of money and, you know, we could not eat.
Roz's mother was supporting us while we were there.
Every single day, she cooked us food, took some to the hospital,
He paid us one amount into an American bank account,
Mike Hyman's spending during his frequent charity funding
trips to the USA was causing concern at Kids 'n' Cancer.
On one flight alone, he spent more than ?700.
He told the trustees it was for food.
Do you have to pay for meals on a transatlantic flight?
So, Bill, a couple of days after getting off a plane
where he had spent ?700, he appears to be in a restaurant
That is when they first got there. And that is all drink.
There is Mike Hyman's name on the charity card.
There is 30 bottles of Budweiser, three Liquid Marijuanas,
a Jack Daniels and Coke, wine, oh, and there's
Well, somebody tell me appears to be having a great night out.
Back in the UK, Mike Hyman spent thousands of pounds on tickets
Here he is with his wife, June, just a few rows back
And large sums of cash appear to have been taken out
In a matter of weeks in the summer of 2015, for instance,
This cheque for ?800, made out to his wife, is jointly
signed by her and Mike Hyman from the charity's bank account.
He went on a three-day break to The Open golf tournament in 2013,
with a group that included his now estranged son, Chris.
We just decided to go to The Open as a family trip.
I just said, I will get the tickets, booked them online.
Mike Hyman paid the ?492 with the charity's debit card,
I found out when Bill Wilson, who is the book-keeper,
approached me and said, when you went to the golf,
did you know that the hotel was paid for by the charity?
I went, no, no idea. I confronted my dad.
I fell out with him, basically. We had words.
And I got a bill for my share of the hotel.
Inside Out has obtained a letter from the Charity Commission to Kids
'n' Cancer's solicitors dated September 20 15.
In it, the commission raises concerns about inadequate financial
controls, which fail to protect the charity's assets.
It says that there is inadequate governance in place and the charity
has a structure that may give rise to unauthorised personal
Kids 'n' Cancer's office is on this industrial estate in Chesterfield
and is currently locked up and unoccupied.
Mike Hyman and his wife, June, were arrested a fortnight ago.
It was to do with allegations of theft.
They have been bailed by Derbyshire Police until the autumn.
The Charity Commission has frozen the charity's assets
Mr Hyman's solicitor has told Inside Out that in light
of the ongoing police investigation, their client does not feel
it is appropriate to take part in our programme.
They do say, though, that he denies any wrongdoing
and once the police investigation is concluded, he will be able
Now, it is a dirty problem and very annoying if you step in it.
And despite all the bins and all the signs, some owners
But woe betide you if you leave a mess in Barnsley.
Lucy Hester has been finding out more.
It has got to be one of the great pleasures in life ? taking your dog
for a walk in beautiful countryside on a gorgeous day.
But with ownership comes responsibility.
Dog walking at places like this beauty spot
in South Yorkshire is one of Britain's most
If you do the number crunching, there are around 3 billion dog
And for the owners of this reservoir, Yorkshire water,
cleaning up after dog poo costs a pretty pile.
This is a really expensive problem and it is not just the council that
This reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water and they have
to pay out thousands of pounds every year, cleaning up after
We get around 2 million visitors to our reservoir sites
A high proportion of these are dog walkers.
The vast majority of dog walkers do clean up after their dogs.
But, unfortunately, there is a small, negligent
So, is there a cost involved in tackling
We have spent in the region of ?60,000 in the last five years.
This money has been spent installing bins around some of our most popular
We have a partnership year with Barnsley Council
and they regularly service and empty our bins.
Yorkshire Water's partnership with Barnsley Council
This guy says, today, I was given a fixed penalty notice
The officer stated that he had seen her do a poo from the car park...
Leslie is in charge of Barnsley's efforts to cut dog
Those efforts mean that in the past two years,
Barnsley has handed out more fixed penalty notices for dog fouling
than any other local authority in Britain.
In 2015, an astonishing 8% of all fines for not picking up dog
Over 600 of Barnsley's dog walkers have had a ?50 fine
The officer also told me that he had a glove in his pocket and had felt
I am amazed, actually, because this sounds like a very
Do you want to show me what it is that you do?
Leslie leads a team of 14 dog officers who patrol
Those caught get a ?50 fine on the spot.
Often, when owners are confronted, they do not appreciate it.
Has he given you permission for your dogs to foul on his land?
This park is very popular with dog walkers in Barnsley.
Today, walking around, you can see it is quite clean.
They are out in uniform, so everyone knows that they are here.
So that probably puts all the non-responsible dog owners
on their best behaviour, I would have thought.
I would imagine today, they won't do it.
So, we will come in of a day where we have our officers in plain
Because they have no uniform on, the people will do it.
I grabbed a word with some dog walkers about
What do you think about the on the spot fines?
Do you? I do, yeah.
I think it is good, the instant fine.
You like what the enforcement people are doing?
Yes, should be done. Should be a bigger fine, I think.
Bigger than the 50 quid standard at the moment?
And take it out of their bank account.
Wherever in Barnsley, we will go there.
Not all dog owners appreciate the efforts
How do you find people are with you when you offer them bags?
Some are rude. Others are grateful.
Yeah. Do you get quite a bit of hostility?
Yes. Do you?
Clamping down on dog poo pests costs Barnsley Council
But should it be so high on the council's list of priorities?
According to Councillor Charlie Raith, constituents tell him
it is their number one, or should that be their
We had a public consultation asking what their priorities are and dog
And littering and indiscriminate parking.
That is one of the issues that concerns people most?
In my particular area, and I can't speak for all
of Barnsley or whatever, but my particular area, yes.
And there is a serious point to be made here.
We were talking at this cemetery, where Charlie's wife is buried.
So he takes it personally when he finds graves covered in dog
Behind us is a grave of a friend of mine as well.
I came one day and that was absolutely covered in dog poo.
The actual stone and where the flowers go.
Now, if his family were to have seen that before me,
You shouldn't have to do these things.
People with dogs, please be responsible.
Bins and signs have been placed in the cemetery but the cost
of maintaining them means that the council cannot
provide as many of them as people would like.
Meanwhile, our dog patrol has moved on to Wombwell in South Barnsley.
Some dog owners are flinging faeces into hedges beside
This responsible dog owner blames a lack of bins.
They have rung up and said, there is no money.
Fair enough, there is no money, but how much did people get
If you throw it in the hedge, it is a littering offence and ?75.
75. It is about, where is it going?
Can't we have a thing put there? If you want us to pick it up...
I have worked for the Council, part of the council.
What they tell me is that the bin actually costs ?1500, for the bin.
At ?1500 to install and the same to maintain annually,
It is clear that the most effective method to keep the streets clean
Here in Barnsley, they are trying their best and managing
But, obviously, it is the responsible dog
It doesn't matter if it is 50, 150 or 250, whatever it takes
to stop these people needs to be done.
Right on cue, now that the cameras are here, Molly has left us a little
So, like responsible dog owners, I am going to pick it up.
It is certain not the most pleasant of jobs, but if every dog
owner up every time, that really would be a scoop.
Now, Hull's year as UK City of Culture is well under way.
The people of the city and its visitors have already been
But now that huge great wind turbine blade has gone, what is next?
Here in Leeds, something magical is taking place.
Musicians from Opera North are putting the finishing touches
to a recording which will invoke the essence of one of
And this is what it is all about, the mighty Humber Bridge.
Many of us will have driven across the bridge,
taking in the sights of the Humber River.
But this unique project is hoping to inspire people to walk
along its mile long length and get lost in incredible sounds.
Hull's links to Scandinavia go back many centuries.
So composers from Norway have been chosen to create a musical
Today, in Arctic temperatures, these men are walking the bridge
Even for a Norwegian, it is really cold here today
and it has been snowing and raining and everything.
It is a fantastic construction and it is so much
But it has been interesting to walk across the bridge together
and actually hear the sound of the bridge itself.
Uniquely, it is the noises that the bridge makes
which will form the basis of the piece.
Field recordist Jez Riley French has been given the job
That means venturing into vast areas of the bridge
This is really extraordinary, isn't it?
This is where the bridge is anchored to the bedrock by massive cables.
And then, Jez leads us through a trapdoor into a cavernous
Are we just suspended over the water?
Pretty much. Yeah, good, great!
Jez's microphones are so sensitive, they pick up all the signs the naked
You can feel the vibrations of the traffic.
And I have to admit, I was very sceptical when Jez
started testing the railings on the bridge to see which one
Jez sticks little contact microphones onto the railings
Wow. I take everything back.
And it is these raw sounds that Jan and his team have been
transforming into a piece for orchestra and chorus.
And the plan is to use the voice of a little child that
says something like, look to the left.
So, while walking across the bridge, you look to your left
This beautiful sound of the orchestra starts playing.
Yes, beautiful. It is beautiful.
Today, the Opera North orchestra is recording its part.
It is a truly beautiful sound, produced by a top-class orchestra.
How could we blend different instruments into that?
Building melodies on top of it, or chords, sounds,
The music just felt like it was a natural blood
Some of these musicians are using the instruments
Recording the music is one thing, but this object is a bit
As people walk across the bridge, they will wear headsets
which will be triggered at certain points to play music, or narration.
Today, we want to just make sure that everything we have
But in such an exposed place, will people be
As soon as you put the headphones on, there is no wind,
just a bit of traffic in the background.
Crossing the bridge itself will have its own challenges.
But Jo and the team are feeling confident.
What is particularly amazing about this is it makes you look at
You look at everything more carefully.
At Bude Park Primary School in Hull, one of Opera North's singing
schools, auditions are taking place for the voice of the Humber Bridge.
The child who will be the narrator on the walk.
After a bit of arguing about who is going first
and a last-minute coaching session from Jenny...
But if the sign says I am a hyena, then I am a hyena.
The children have been preparing hard for this
Search for places you know because there is nothing beyond.
It has been so difficult that there is not a clear winner.
So we're just going to have to talk about it more, I think,
Back at Opera North, the choral parts have arrived
and the chorus has one day to learn and record them.
That is a challenge, because it is quite opposite
With no words, the music is a bit otherworldly.
Part of the problem is really know our bits and there
is at least seven other layers, as far as I can tell.
So I have no idea what the end product is going to be.
My name is Katie and I'm going to keep you company
At Bude Park primary, the last piece of the jigsaw
Eight-year-old Katie Smith has been chosen as the voice of the Humber
Bridge. It will be weird hearing myself but it is going to be pretty
cool. It is a long walk ahead. I hope you have strong shoes. It has
been many months since the composers been many months since the composers
got their first sight of the mighty Humber Bridge and started on the
journey to capture its heart and soul. This is the moment of truth. I
am about to get a sneak preview of the finished article. I cannot wait
to hear what it sounds like. Look up.
This is an extraordinary, soaring piece of music.
To think it came originally from the very sounds of the bridge itself, it
only really makes sense when you are out here. It is fantastic.
I hate to tell you this, but tickets for the Humber Bridge event are
completely sold out. So you can't just turn up. Take a look at the
Hull 2017 website for more details. That is it for the series of Inside
Out. . I will be back in the autumn. Until then, from us, goodbye.
Paul Hudson looks at concerns over how money raised for a children's cancer charity appears to have been spent. Plus, the dog poo offenders. And Inside Out has exclusive access as the Humber Bridge gets involved in the UK City of Culture celebrations.