Jodie and Jamie are now too scared to live in their home and also to leave the property
Two NHS workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic were devastated to come home from their Christmas Day shift to find they had been burgled, including vital savings that had been earmarked for IVF treatment.
Jodie Toal and her partner Jamie are both health care assistants and were spending Christmas Day helping those in need.. They left their home early in the morning to visit their parents before heading to work at 2pm for a six-hour shift.
After finishing work, the pair headed to Jodie’s mum’s for a Christmas meal and then headed back home at about 11pm.
As they entered their home on Somerset Avenue, Blackpool, they discovered their home had been broken in to.
Jodie told LancsLive: “We were both at work for 2pm because we are both health care workers. We had gone to our parents’ houses in the morning because we knew we weren’t going to have much of a Christmas with working.
“We were at work for six hours and then from 8pm to 11pm we went to my mum’s where we had a Christmas dinner before coming back home because we were meant to be at work Boxing Day.
“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.”
Jodie’s partner Jamie then walked into the kitchen to find the window had been smashed and the backdoor was wide open.
She said: “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 jewellery, expensive watches, makeup, all gone.”
Police attended the scene and the locks were changed on the back of the property because some of the keys had gone missing.
Jodie explained how this has been a really traumatic experience for the pair.
She said: “We found a crowbar round the back of the property which was used to get into our property. We’ve not even been in the property a year and it’s just sad that it has happened, not just at Christmas. We never expected to come home to a smashed home and things stolen, but unfortunately, we have.
“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.”
The money that was stolen from Jodie and Jamie was possibly going to be used for future IVF treatment.
Jodie suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome so has saved for a number of years in case the day comes when she would need to use IVF.
She added: “Since 2016 I have been saving and putting money away and obviously that money has been taken now. Not only has our present time and our past been taken away from us. 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 has set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise some of the money they lost.
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