IT is fantastic news that Leeds United players and officials are backing Toby Nye’s appeal.
United is, after all, a proper community club which wants to look after its fans in the same way the fans look after the club. It’s a proper family which sticks together when times are tough, as they have been for Toby’s family.
Now actor Russell Crowe – famously a United fan – has added his considerable influence behind the campaign. The club – whose players last night took on Sheffield United at Elland Road – stepped in earlier this month to support the young fan who needs to raise £200,000 towards treatment for a rare form of cancer.
Toby suffers from high-risk neuroblastoma, and his parents appealed for help in June for funds to pay for the expensive treatment, which is not routinely available on the NHS.
United pledged to help raise the sum needed for the four-year-old, by donating one day’s salary of players and staff involved with the club, and last night – dubbed One Day For Toby – will see a series of fundraising events take place at Elland Road before the match.
“I think it’s an incredible thing what the players, and the staff, and the coaches of Leeds United are doing for young Toby Nye,” said Crowe in the clip.
We are delighted at the support for Toby. It shows that Leeds is a caring place and United is a caring club.