Raffle prizes for cancer sufferer Toby Nye's charity ball stolen

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Heartless thieves have stolen raffle prizes donated to help a four-year-old Leeds boy fighting cancer.

The haul was taken from Natalie Hayes's car while it was parked on her drive in Swarcliffe.

The mum is organising a charity ball in aid of Toby, who is battling the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, and had collected the prizes from local businesses.

The thieves also took a number of T-shirts with Toby's photo on, and a collection bucket that displayed information about the appeal to raise funds for further experimental treatment.

The T-shirts were later found dumped near Natalie's home, but the raffle prizes have not been recovered.

"On Sunday morning I went to collect raffle prizes for Toby before I went to help at the Sunbeams day nursery fun day in aid of Toby. The prizes were in the boot of my car. The fun day took up most of my day. Then I went home and sorted out my one-year-old out and forgot to get the prizes out of my car," said Natalie

"At midnight I was woken up by knocking at the door. My neighbours told that some men had broken into my car. My boot and my doors was all open.The police were called and came straight out to me. When we looked to see what had been taken it was all the raffle prizes, which were gift sets and perfume sets.

"They'd also taken 10 charity T-shirts with Toby's picture on and a link to his Justgiving page. The thieves had dumped the T-shirts nearby and ripped all the raffle prizes open and thrown them around. One the top of the T-shirt bag was an empty, see-through donation bucket for Toby that was taken out and left in my car. They clearly knew it was for charity.

"I'm devastated. I'm trying so hard to fundraise for Toby and I'm putting in every spare moment to the charity ball and things I've organised for him."

West Yorkshire Police said:

"At 11.55pm last night we received a report of four to five males in dark clothing stealing items from a car parked in Swarcliffe Approach. Stolen items include cosmetic gift sets and a satnav.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to call officers via 101 quoting crime number 13170384425."

Natalie has arranged the ball at the Barnbow pub in Crossgates for September 2, and has organised for West Yorkshire Fire Service to collect the four-year-old in a fire engine and take him to the event.

Toby's family, who live in Rookwood, are trying to raise £200,00 for him to be treated overseas after NHS chemotherapy did not work.

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