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Mystery woman steps in to end Secret Millionaire cash row

JULIEN: Praised the mystery donor who has stepped forward to help his charity

A REFORMED drug addict who gave back a tycoon’s cash after they both appeared on the Channel 4 programme The Secret Millionaire has received a new donation from from a mystery woman.

Thousands of viewers watched former crack cocaine addict Kervin Julien from Birmingham receive £15,000 from life coach and business mentor Sue Stone on the Channel 4 programme screened in May.

Julien works at Coventry’s Salvation Army headquarters and runs a charity supporting the homeless called Anesis, which is funded by the Northpoint Church in the Bell Green area of the city.

But the born-again Christian revealed he gave the cheque back after disagreements with Stone over how the money should be spent.

Now a woman, who does not want to be named, contacted Julien and has given him £7,500 – half of what he gave back – to be spent on his charity work with no strings attached.

He could also see up to £12,000 being raised to help with his rehab centre after Sainsbury’s Courthouse Green superstore in Coventry named his Anesis charity as its own charity of the year.

Julien told The Voice “I thank God for the woman who gave £7,500 and I have to respect she does not want to be in the spotlight. She offered the money for the good of the community with no strings attached.”

ADDICTION

During The Secret Millionaire, the 49 year old revealed that his dream was to open a rehab centre for those battling with addiction and this is what he agreed the £15,000 would be spent on.

However, disagreements followed about how the money should be spent.

Julien said: “The cheque stayed in my sock drawer while we tried to sort things out and now I’ve returned it. For me, it just became too complicated about how the money should be spent and I felt it was holding us back. The point is The Secret Millionaire programme was not about money, it was about giving the charity recognition. The programme was filmed last November and we’ve all moved on.”

However Ms Stone told The Voice: “I’m so upset about this. Kervin signed a document with the TV company agreeing that the money would be used specifically for a rehab centre. When he called me the other week to say could he cash the cheque because he needed it to be used for other things within the church, I said no because that was not what we agreed. He is trying to make out I am anti-church, but that’s not the case at all. I met the people there and they are wonderful, but the money had to go to a specific project.”

The Salvation Army and Northpoint Church said in a joint statement: “The Salvation Army became involved in this programme as Mr Julien is one of its employees. It was not to benefit from the donation and, aside from the filming of the programme, at no point was Ms Stone's cheque on Salvation Army premises.

“As Ms. Stone and Mr Julien could not agree terms, he, with our joint support, took the decision to return the cheque with grateful thanks. We both appreciate Ms. Stone's interest in homelessness provision in Coventry and wish her all the very best for the future.”

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