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Leeds United Raise £150k for Team Toby

Club is raising money to help pay for a young fan’s cancer treatment.

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We’re almost there, just need a little bit more.

Leeds United is only £50k away from their ambitious goal of raising £150k for the cancer treatment of young fan Toby Nye.

Toby, who suffers from high risk neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that strikes children, was visited by Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani and after meeting him, Radrizzani was so moved by the boy’s plight that he vowed to help the family out and raise enough funds for the young boy’s treatment. Neuroblastoma treatment is not routinely available from the NHS, and the family was not able to pay for the expensive treatment on their own. And if the treatment becomes available, the family has pledged that any money that is raised would go towards other families in the same situation as theirs.

Leeds United pledged “One Day for Toby” in which all of the staff and players at the club donated one day’s wages to support the family. The match against Sheffield United was selected by the club as the “One Day for Toby,” and players from both clubs wore T-Shirts lending their support of the boy and his family during warmups. Toby additionally got to meet his heroes, and was on the pitch before the match.

Leeds has also held a number of other fundraisers that aimed to help raise funds for Toby’s family, and some high profile Leeds fans, such as Russell Crowe, even lent their support for the cause. Angus Kinnear, the managing director of Leeds United said about the fundraising efforts so far:

We are thrilled to see such a large amount of money raised in a short period of time. The donation from the players and staff accounted for a large proportion of the money and the rest of the funds have been raised by our incredibly loyal and generous supporters to whom we are sincerely grateful.

The club will raise the additional £50,000 in the next few weeks via auctions and other activities before Christmas.

If you can afford too, please consider donating a few quid to the boy’s family.

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