Terminally ill man fights to withdraw Premium Bonds before he dies

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A dad who "could die at any moment" is desperate to withdraw his Premium Bonds to give to his children before it's too late.

When David Grant, from Whiston, first went to the doctors with backache back in March last year he thought he had pulled a muscle.

But the 68-year-old was soon rushed to Whiston Hospital where he was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer.

Since being diagnosed, David has been keen to get his affairs in order and has set aside money for his funeral to give to his son and daughter.

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However, despite trying to withdraw the money he has in Premium Bonds since the start of April, David said he is still £100 out of pocket after numerous phone calls and emails.

David told the ECHO: "I got £100 worth of premium bonds many years ago. Since then we've moved house a few times and I've lost all the documentation

"I've been diagnosed with terminal cancer but I've been trying to get the Premium Bond people to give me my money back."

David said he was initially unable to withdraw the money because he had lost his account number, and he was told it could take up to 12 weeks to send him a new one.

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He has now been sent a new number in the post but is still unable to access his account.

David said he was then told he would receive his money within five working days of sending a withdrawal form but he is still waiting to receive it.

David added: "I'm pretty good on a computer I'm not an old fogey who doesn't know how to use a computer. I have given them all my details again and sent two withdrawal forms off to them in the post.

"I could die at any moment. I'm hanging on by the skin of my teeth.

"It's not bothering me that I'm dying, it's bothering me that I'm being messed about by these people.

"I'm not a millionaire. I've got a small pension. I want [my children] to have a bloody good party for me.

"I wouldn't like anyone else to hang on to any money that's owed to me."

After being contacted by the ECHO, National Savings and Investments said they are in the process of investigating David's withdrawal.

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An NS&I spokesperson said: "We are extremely sorry to hear of Mr Grant’s personal circumstances.

"We are in the process of investigating his withdrawal and a member of our customer services team will be calling him shortly to take him through the process now that he has his received NS&I number and password that is required for customers to manage their NS&I accounts."