Thieves steal sick youngster’s laptop

Jenna Mae-Tokens and her mum Tracy
Jenna Mae-Tokens and her mum Tracy

A Kettering youngster who battled leukaemia is appealing for the return of a laptop computer which contained hundreds of photos chronicling her treatment and recovery.

Jenna Mae Tokens, 11, realised her black and silver Toshiba laptop had been stolen from her house on Friday, May 3.

Her mum Tracy believes someone may have walked into the family home in Valley walk and taken the computer, as there was no sign of a break-in.

The computer was taken sometime between 8am on Wednesday, May 1, and 1pm the following Friday.

Jenna was diagnosed with leukaemia in early 2008 and went on to receive a bone marrow transplant about six months later after a match was found.

The laptop computer contained hundreds of photos of a family trip to Disneyland Paris and others taken at fundraising events during her treatment.

They are the only copies of the photos the family owned.

The laptop had been donated to Jenna by the Leicester-based charity When You Wish Upon A Star. The same charity had also paid for the family’s trip to Disneyland Paris.

Jenna said: “I’m very upset.

“I used the computer for my homework and to help me study and for looking back at the photos from the past.”

Jenna is now recovering from leukaemia and says she still attends check-ups at hospital in Sheffield.

She added: “I do a blood test on my thumb every day as well to make sure the leukaemia is not coming back.”

Jenna is now pupil at Kettering Science Academy and says her favourite subject is art.

At the moment she attends school for half-day sessions at the school as she says she gets tired and needs time to adjust.

Mum Tracy said: “I don’t know how the laptop was taken but someone must have walked into the house and stolen it.

“We’d like it back because we don’t have any other copies of most of those photos.”

Apart from her mum, Jenna lives at home with older brother Jarrad, 18, and sister Jordan, 19.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “A black Toshiba laptop, containing photographs of great sentimental value, was taken from the house between Wednesday, May 1, and Friday, May 3.

“Anyone with information should contact us on 101.

“Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”