A former GroceryAid volunteer has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft of nearly £850,000 at the charity.

Amanda Bishop, who left GroceryAid in June 2018, will receive her sentence in May.

GroceryAid said the charity and its volunteers are “devastated” by the developments, but vowed that they will “continue to work hard to be there for all grocery colleagues in need.”

Bishop faced one charge of fraud by abuse of power and seven separate charges of theft totalling £844,619.

She pleaded guilty to all charges at Reading Magistrates Court on 9 April. The court released her on bail until the sentencing.

Steve Barnes, chief executive of GroceryAid, said: “it was immensely disappointing to identify that an individual in a position of trust, in one of our volunteer branches, had breached our policies and allegedly engaged in serious fraudulent activities.”

Barnes added that the charity has informed Charity Commission and Thames Valley Police once they identified the suspicious accounting activity and brought in forensic accountants to carry out a thorough investigation.