Mother of tragic Toby Nye, 6, stole £100,000 from son’s cancer treatment fund

Stacey Worsley defrauded her son Toby Nye’s cancer treatment fund (Pictures: SWNS)

The mother of a six-year-old boy who died in January has admitted taking money from his cancer treatment fund.

Toby Nye had high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, and died just days after his sixth birthday.

His mother, Stacey Worsley, 32, pleaded guilty to fraud at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

She took £100,000 from donations to her son’s treatment fund and used it to pay for her gambling habit.

The court heard that Worsley, from Osmondthorpe, Leeds, abused her position as a trustee of the fund to spend the money on gambling.

Toby Nye at home with his mother Stacey Worsley, in Leeds in June 2017 (Picture: SWNS)

West Yorkshire Police said the fraud did not affect Toby’s treatment and that all of the money had been recovered.

Toby was diagnosed with cancer on his fourth birthday in January 2017, and his family launched an appeal to raise £200,000 to pay for therapy that was not available on the NHS.

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The target was reached following support from Leeds United Football Club and its fans.

While early testing showing Toby’s bone marrow was clear of cancer, he was later diagnosed with a brain tumour and died on January 12.

Prosecutor Phillip Adams said Worsley had pleaded guilty to fraud on the basis she had illegally obtained £100,000.

Money was raised for Toby’s treatment by Leeds United (Picture: PA)
Toby Nye died earlier this year (Picture: SWNS)

She spoke only to enter the guilty plea and conform her date of birth and nationality.

The case was adjourned for a probation service report and Worsley was granted bail ahead of her sentencing on March 29.

West Yorkshire Police said: “As part of the investigation, police have secured the return of all of the money involved with a view to the majority being used to support an identical local good cause, which is yet to be decided on, and an amount being redistributed to identified key donors.

“At no point did the fraud affect the child’s medical treatment, which was funded separately.”

A spokesperson for Leeds United said: “We can confirm that all money raised by supporters, players and staff of Leeds Untied during our Toby Nye campaign was ring-fenced by the club and used to pay for Toby’s treatment.”

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