NHS couple left ‘heartbroken’ after returning from work to find burglars stole IVF savings


Jodie Toal from Blackpool, Lancashire, has been saving money ready for when she wants to have children for more than five years – but on Christmas Day a cold-hearted burglar stole not only her belongings but potentially her “future” as a mother

Jodie Toal and partner Jamie lost vital money earmarked for IVF treatment
Jodie Toal and partner Jamie lost vital money earmarked for IVF treatment

An NHS couple have shared their heartbreak after returning home from work on Christmas Day to discover burglars had taken their money earmarked for IVF treatment.

Healthcare assistants Jodie Toal and her partner Jamie had both spent the festive period helping others, even heading off for a six-hour shift on Christmas Day.

But when they returned to their home in Blackpool, Lancashire at around 11pm, they were devastated to find windows smashed and the backdoor wide open – with expensive belongings and vital savings for fertility treatment gone.

Jodie told LancsLive : “We were both at work for 2pm because we are both health care workers.

“We had gone to our parents’ houses in the morning because we knew we weren’t going to have much of a Christmas as we were working.

The couple walked in to a cold dark house and immediately knew something was wrong
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“We were at work for six hours and then from 8pm to 11pm we went to my mum’s where we had a Christmas dinner before coming back home because we were meant to be at work on Boxing Day.

“We came home, opened the door, emptied the car with all the Christmas presents and then I walked into the house.

“In the front room, we just saw all my handbags had been emptied.”

She said: “I ran upstairs, Jamie was on the phone to the police and I was on the phone with my mum.

“We had a safe in the house and that had been taken, with a substantial amount of money in there.

A window had been smashed and the backdoor was wide open
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“Expensive jewellery, expensive watches, makeup, all gone.”

Jodie, who suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, has been saving funds for years in preparation for when she wants to have children – as the condition, which affects how women’s ovaries work, can greatly diminish their ability to fall pregnant.

She said: “Since 2016 I have been saving and putting money away and obviously that money has been taken now.

“Not only has our present time and our past been taken away from us.

“Our future now could also be at a detriment because we don’t know if we will be able to afford that.

“It’s very sad because we are very good people.”

Jodie has been saving for years after she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in 2016
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The traumatised pair called police, who attended the scene before the couple were forced to change the locks after noticing that some keys had even gone missing.

The key workers are now so frightened they’re struggling to sleep and have had to take time off work from their vital roles.

She said: “We found a crowbar round the back of the property which was used to get into our property.

“We’ve not even been in the property a year and it’s just sad that it has happened, not just at Christmas.

“We never expected to come home to a smashed home and things stolen, but unfortunately, we have.

Now the couple are fundraising to try and regain some of the lost funds
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“We are heartbroken about it. We are nervous, we can barely sleep, we are off work.

“We are key workers, we have worked throughout the whole of the pandemic, we get tested every week for Covid and have never had a day off work the whole time and this has led to us being off work.

“Not only are we afraid to be in our own home, but we are also afraid to be out of the home. We don’t feel safe.”

A fundraiser has been set up for the pair on GoFundMe to help re-establish some of their savings, with £335 already raised towards their £7,000 goal.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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