Callous thieves steal NHS couples IVF funds in vile Christmas Day robbery

A couple who worked for the NHS on Christmas Day returned home from their shifts to find callous thieves had stolen their money for future IVF treatments.

Jodie Toal and partner Jamie are both NHS health care assistants, and were working on Christmas Day.

Having visited their parents that morning, they headed to work at 2pm for a six-hour shift.

But when they returned home from work at around 11pm – after a Christmas dinner at Jodie's mum's house – they discovered the horrendous break-in.

The Blackpool-based couple found that their window had been smashed, and the back door wide open.

Jewellery, watches and money were all stolen, which included the the money earmarked for IVF treatment, Lancs Live reports.

Jodie said: “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. 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. Expensive jewelry, expensive watches, makeup, all gone.”

They also found that sets of house keys had also gone missing, but they have since changed the locks.

A crowbar was found at the back, which is allegedly how the thieves broke in.

Ms Toal has polycystic ovary syndrome, which makes having children naturally more difficult. They had been saving for IVF treatment since 2016.

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She continued: “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.

“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.”

The couple have now set up a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised £410 of a £7,000 total.

Lancashire Police have been contacted for a comment.

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