Toby Nye, of Leeds, died last month after battling a rare brain tumour he was diagnosed with on his fourth birthday
A mum of a six-year-old boy who died from cancer stole £100,000 of donation money to fund a gambling habit, a court has heard.
Stacey Worsley admitted defrauding the fund set up to pay for her gravely ill son Toby Nye’s rare cancer treatment.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud at Leeds Crown Court less then two months after her son’s death.
Worsley, whose son’s case was supported by Leeds United players and fans, abused her position as a trustee of the fund to spend the money on gambling.
West Yorkshire Police has confirmed that all of the money has been recovered and that Worsley’s offending did not affect Toby’s treatment.
Toby was diagnosed with rare cancer neuroblastoma on his fourth birthday in January 2017.
The youngster’s family launched an appeal to raise £200,000 to pay for therapy which was not available on the NHS.
The fundraising target was achieved with huge support from Leeds United.
Early testing after treatment showed his bone marrow was clear of cancer.
Tragically he was then diagnosed with a brain tumour and died on January 12, 2019.
Worsley, of Osmondthorpe, Leeds, pleaded guilty after the fraud charge was put to her by the court clerk.
Prosecutor Phillip Adams said Worsley pleaded guilty on the basis that she had illegally obtained £100,000.
The defendant spoke only to enter the guilty plea and confirm her date of birth and nationality during the seven-minute hearing.
Worsley was granted bail and will be sentenced on March 29.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson 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.”