Mary Agyapong: Family of pregnant nurse who died with Covid ‘have still not received GoFundMe money’

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>Mary Agyapong</p> (PA)

Mary Agyapong


The family of a pregnant nurse who died with Covid-19 still have not received thousands of pounds donated to fundraiser set up for them after her death last year.

Mary Agyapong, 28, died after giving birth last April at Luton and Dunstable hospital, where she worked.

A GoFundMe page organised by family friend, Rhoda Asiedu, was launched to support “Mary’s husband, and the couple’s children... during this heavy and trying time”. 

The page went on to raise more than £186,000, which Ms Asiedu’s lawyers say has been put into a trust fund.

Ms Agyapong’s widower, Ernest Boateng, told the BBC he had not been involved in the process. However, trustees for the fund claimed that Mr Boateng had failed to co-operate to arrange payments.

The father of two, who is “struggling a bit” financially, told the broadcaster he tries to keep his “head above the water.”

“I find it very surprising that we have not been asked or involved with this GoFundMe money - it’s beyond my understanding,” he added.

The money has been paid to Ms Asiedu’s legal team, Blue Trinity, who said it was put “on trust” for the education of the two children.

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In a statement sent by the firm, issued by Ms Asiedu, it said that each child will receive 40 per cent from the funds and the remaining 20 per cent would be sent to Mr Boateng for “maintenance and upkeep” of the children.

But in her statement she claimed he had “failed to co-operate with the trustees to arrange a schedule of maintenance.”

The BBC reported that the law firm did not respond that when asked for evidence of trust documents.

In a statement sent to the Standard, GoFundMe said: “The money raised in memory of Mary Agyapong is in a registered trust fund.

“The organiser has been clear about this intention, and has updated donors on the purpose of the trust fund. The trust fund is managed by Blue Trinity.”

But the BBC reported that it found an archived snapshot of the webpage on April 16 which had no reference to a trust at all.

Wendy Addai, who is part of the fundraising team that raised the money, told the broadcaster that the group had not anticipated to raise such a large sum of money. 

“So we went to seek advice from a lawyer, who was finalising agreements with Ernest’s lawyers,” she said, adding, “In regards to GoFundMe themselves they requested updates and proof with what was being done with the money but that was as far as their involvement went.”

Ms Asiedu has since published an update on the GoFundMe page, which states that she and Mr Charles Owusu Boachi Agyepong, Ms Agyapong’s brother, were the trustees of the Mary Mo Memorial Trust Fund. 

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