Blackpool NHS staff lose vital IVF funding as thieves target their homes on Christmas Day

Two NHS workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic were devastated to return from their shifts on Christmas Day to find they had been robbed, including vital savings that had been spent on treating IVF.

Jodie Toal and her partner Jamie are both health assistants and spent Christmas Day helping those in need. They left their home early in the morning to visit their parents before going to work at 2 p.m. for a six-hour shift.

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After completing the work, the couple went to Jodie’s mom for a Christmas dinner, then returned home around 11 p.m.

Upon entering their home on Somerset Avenue, Blackpool, they discovered that their home had been broken into.

Jodie told LancsLive: “We were both at work by 2pm because we are both healthcare workers. We had been to our parents in the morning because we knew we weren’t going to have a very good Christmas with work.

“We were at work for six hours, then from 8pm to 11pm we went to my mom’s house where we had Christmas dinner before coming home because we were supposed to be at work Boxing Day.

“We got 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 that all my purses had been emptied. . “

Jodie said the couple didn’t want to live in this house anymore

Jodie’s partner Jamie then entered the kitchen to find the window had been smashed and the back door was wide open.

She said: “I ran upstairs, Jamie was on the phone with the police and I was on the phone with my mom. We had a safe in the house and that had been taken, with a sum of substantial money in. Expensive jewelry, expensive watches, makeup, it’s all gone. “

Police attended and the locks were changed at the back of the property as some of the keys were missing.

Jodie explained how it has been a truly traumatic experience for the couple.

She said: “We found a crowbar at the back of the property that was used to enter our property. We haven’t even been on the property for a year and it’s just sad that it happened. product, not just on Christmas. We never should come home to a destroyed house and stolen items, but unfortunately we did.

The couple worked as health assistants on Christmas Day
The couple worked as health assistants on Christmas Day

“We are heartbroken about it. We are nervous, we can barely sleep, we do not work. We are key workers, we have worked throughout the pandemic, we get tested weekly for Covid and never have had a day off from work all the time and that caused us to be off work.

“Not only are we afraid of being home, but we are also afraid of being out of our home. We don’t feel safe.”

The money stolen from Jodie and Jamie was possibly going to be used for future IVF treatment.

Jodie suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and has therefore saved up several years in case the day comes when she needs IVF.

The money that was taken would have been spent on the IVF treatment
The money that was taken would have been spent on the IVF treatment

She added: “Since 2016 I have been saving and putting money aside and obviously that money has been taken now. Not only our present time and our past have been taken away from us. Our future could also be. in peril because we don’t I don’t know if we will be able to afford it It’s very sad because we are very good people.

The couple set up a GoFundMe page to try and recover some of the money they lost.

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