Appeal to help South Yorkshire blaze mum tops £6,700

Claire Throssel with sons Paul and Jack
Claire Throssel with sons Paul and Jack
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An appeal to help a South Yorkshire woman re-build her life after she lost her two sons in a house fire has led to donations of over £6,700.

Claire Throssell’s sons - Jack, aged 12 and nine-year-old Paul - died in a fire started by their dad at their former family home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, last October.

Darren Sykes, 44, doused the house in petrol and started a number of fires while his children played with a new train set in the attic.

Paul died that day but Jack, who suffered serious burns, survived for five days before succumbing to his injuries.

Inquests into the deaths ruled the boys were unlawfully killed by their father.

Before starting the blaze, Darren, who was separated from Claire, cancelled the insurance policy on their home.

If Claire is ever to sell the property to pay off her mortgage she needs to fund the repairs herself.

To help her the Care for Claire appeal was launched by the Penistone and Thurlstone Team Ministry in April in a bid to raise around £50,000.

Over 300 people have made donations, with a number of other fundraising events planned.

Stagecoach Yorkshire is supporting a screening of Barnsley singer Dave Cherry’s archived cine films at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth Road, Barnsley, on Thursday, June 11 at 6pm, to raise cash.

And family friend Richard Johnson, from Penistone, is to cycle 750 miles in July to boost funds.

So far over £800 has been pledged, which will be shared between Care for Claire and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham.

To book a ticket to see Dave Cherry’s films call 01226 370006 or emailing

To sponsor Richard visit