VIDEO: Fundraising campaign launched to help grieving Barnsley mum renovate family home where two sons died

0
Have your say

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help a mum of two young boys who died after a fire started by their father.

Claire Throssell is wanting to renovate the house on Tennyson Close, Penistone where sons Jack Sykes, aged 12, and Paul, nine, so she can sell it and move elsewhere in the village.

Claire Throssell with her sons Jack and Paul

Claire Throssell with her sons Jack and Paul

Darren Sykes, 44, who was divorced from Claire, lured the boys to the house to play with a new train set being starting the fire after dousing the property in petrol in October, last year.

Paul and his dad died that day, Jack five days later.

Inquests into the deaths recorded verdicts that Jack and Paul were unlawfully killed and that their dad took his own life.

The house was not covered by an insurance policy and so Penistone and Thurlstone Team Ministry has launched a fundraising campaign to help Claire.

Claire said: “Six minutes one night in October, a night I will never forget, completely destroyed my former home and ultimately my world, with the taking of my boys Jack and Paul.

“I would like to buy a small home and stay in the village where Paul and Jack lie but in order to do this the family home will have to be renovated.

“To undertake this renovation alone is too big a mountain for me to climb, any help, however small, would make a difference.”

Father David Hopkin, rector of Penistone and Thurlstone Team Ministry, said: “As well as dealing with her bereavement it has become clear that Claire, on top of everything else has lost her home.

“Many people have asked me what they can do to help Claire and express their support practically.

“I am launching this campaign to raise funds to help Claire restore her former family home so that it can be sold.”

To donate visit http://www.gofundme.com/qe57bgg

READ MORE:

Family releases pictures of tragic brothers from Penistone fire tragedy

Fatal Penistone fire - dad’s cause of death due to effects of blaze

Brave boy, 12, dies five days after blaze killed his dad and brother in their Barnsley home

Mum of Barnsley boys killed in fire started by their dad speaks of her heartbreak

Barnsley blaze mum gets tattoo made with tragic sons’ ashes

Father started blaze which killed his two sons, inquest told

Dad started fire as sons played trains

VIDEO: Boy, 12, who died in Barnsley blaze with brother and father told police ‘my dad started fire’

Devastated South Yorkshire mum’s tribute to sons killed by dad

Mum of boys killed in Barnsley blaze says thanks to emergency services and medics

Grieving Barnsley mum urges people to follow their dreams

Grieving Barnsley mum has second tattoo using sons’ ashes

Mum of boys killed in horror blaze started by their dad says house insurance is null and void

Grieving Barnsley mum remembers tragic son killed in blaze

Grieving Barnsley mum has ring made out of dead sons’ ashes

Mum of Barnsley fire victim receives award for his athletics achievements