Prison For Teenager Who Set Fire To Holiday House For Terminally Ill Children

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

A youth who set fire to a house where terminally ill children stay on holiday has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.

Cairn Major, 19, started the fire at the Donna's Dream House charity in Blackpool in December, 2011.

He appeared at Preston Crown Court on Monday, where he was handed down the jail term, and told he will spend a further three years on licence after his release.

At an earlier hearing, Major admitted starting the blaze, as well as stealing a TV set and a camera from the premises.

The Blackpool Gazette reports that Major's actions caused around £110,000 of damage to the building.

The charity provides holidays at the house for children and teenagers who are terminally ill.

The property boasts a mini-cinema and playrooms for the visiting children, along with a dedicated high-tech complex for teenagers.

The charity takes its name from 20-year-old cancer sufferer Donna Curtis, whose dying wish was for children with life-threatening illnesses to live their final months 'a little more happily'.


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