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PremierLeague-News.Com - Toni Standen from West Derby had told the ECHO that her cancer was 'very rare'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A Liverpool woman fabricated a story that she was dying from cancer so her friends would contribute thousands of pounds to the cost of her dream wedding. Toni Standen, 29, from West Derby, claimed that her ovarian cancer later spread to other parts of her body and that she had received a terminal diagnosis. Friends launched a GoFundMe page to give Standen and her partner James “a wedding they deserve”. But now Standen faces a prison sentence after lying about the cancer to persuade friends to contribute to the cost of her £8,500 wedding, reports the Mirror. She tugged at heart strings by saying she wanted her dad Derek, who was dying of cancer, to walk her down the aisle. Keep up to date with Covid-19 case numbers in your area by adding your postcode below Derek died before the wedding but a video he recorded was played on the big day. Guests said that after the recording was played Standen was up cracking gags. One guest said: “After hearing her father’s laboured words she got up and gave a faultless speech, even cracking a few jokes. “Her mother and brother were in bits. We’d all just listened to a father of the bride message from beyond the grave. “Toni even received a video message from Everton FC, delivered by one of the top players. She laughed throughout.” After the wedding in Widnes, Cheshire, Standen and James, 52, went to a nearby hotel. Witnesses claim she rifled through wedding cards, counting the cash inside, before heading off on honeymoon to Turkey. (Image: Liverpool ECHO) Standen’s lying was finally exposed when she claimed to have coronavirus, rousing suspicion among some friends. Now she has been told she faces jail after admitting fraud. Her friends call it the “ultimate betrayal”. College pal Cheryl Aston, 33, who donated £525, said: “She could have won an Oscar, her acting was that good. She fooled us all. We were all completely sucked in. “She told me she was dying and I fell for it.” Sign up for a new-look Echo newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the Liverpool Echo newsletter. Twice a day, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories straight to your inbox. We'll also send special breaking news emails too for the latest stories that matter. You won't miss a thing.
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. First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then click on the Echo Daily News button. There are other newsletters available too if you want them as well. When you've made your choice, press the Save Changes button. Mum-of-two Cheryl, who attended the wedding, added: “I remember her telling me that her cancer had come back and that it was terminal. She told me it had spread to her bones and her organs. I was devastated – everyone was." Standen spoke to the ECHO last March when she recounted her battle with cancer in vivid detail. She said: "It has gone to my brain, my bones - it’s everywhere at the minute - it's a very rare cancer." Just six days after close friends set up a fund-raising page , more than £3,400 had been donated - exceeding the original £1,000 target. She said: “I was so overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe it. It shows there is more good in the world then bad.” In April this year , she claimed to have caught Covid but two friends decided to question her. One said: “We rang her for a three-way conversation and recorded it. We asked her straight: ‘Have you really got cancer?’“ "She started crying and admitted it was all lies. We ended the call and phoned the police straight away.” Standen pleaded guilty last week to fraud by false representation between February 2019 and April 2020. Standen was supported by husband James at Chester magistrates court. District judge Nicholas Sanders said she committed a “horrible breach of trust”. A judge can order Standen to repay the donations. Care worker Cheryl said: “If we get anything back, I’m going to donate it to a cancer charity. There needs to be some light at the end of this dark tale."
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