Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Widow Fights on for Deposit Refund; Cancer Found Days after Payment Made

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Widow Fights on for Deposit Refund; Cancer Found Days after Payment Made

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson

AGRIEVING wife is considering legal action after a motor home company would not return a deposit when her husband was diagnosed with cancer just days after the payment was made.

Former businessman Mick Box and his retired County Durham postmistress wife, Janet, had to cancel buying a motor home when Mr Box was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. But a salesman would not hand back the pounds 1,000 down payment and Mr Box went to his grave knowing the battle for the cash continued.

Mr and Mrs Box had decided to spend their retirement travelling on the continent when they paid the deposit to the motor home company.

But two weeks later Mr Box was diagnosed with the disease and their dream was in tatters.

They say sales director Neil Jackson of Darlington-based Cleveland Motor Homes didn't return the deposit and even though Mr Box has died, his wife is now threatening court action to solve the five month wrangle.

Last night grandmother-of-eight Mrs Box told of her heartache.

She said: "Mick would be turning in his grave right now. Even when he was very ill and was in hospital he would be asking if we had got our money back.

"He was very upset and angry. He was upset about it and couldn't understand how someone could be so heartless."

Mrs Box, 65, of Burnhope, County Durham, added: "It was only two weeks after we had put down the deposit that he was diagnosed. It was the most aggressive form of cancer and they couldn't operate or give him chemotherapy. He was so weak and couldn't eat. And all the time we were fighting to get our money back.

"Mick had ran a garage business and car sales for 26 years and he would never have acted in this way. He said it had twice happened to him when someone had put a deposit down and then something awful had happened and he didn't hesitate to give it back. …

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