Concert planned in memory of tragic blaze brothers from Barnsley

Jack and Paul Sykes
Jack and Paul Sykes
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The grieving mum of two young South Yorkshire boys killed after a horror blaze is planning a charity concert in their memory.

Claire Throssell – formerly Sykes – wants to hold the event to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

Jack and Paul Sykes

Jack and Paul Sykes

The concert will be in memory of her young sons Paul and Jack, who were aged nine and 12 when they died in a blaze at their dad’s home last October.

They were visiting 44-year-old Darren Sykes at his home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, near Barnsley, when the fire broke out.

Flames engulfed the property while the brothers were playing together in the attic.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze by neighbours who spotted smoke and flames.

Paul and his dad, who was estranged from Claire, died on the day of the fire and Jack died in hospital five days later after suffering severe burns.

A joint police and fire service investigation established the blaze was started deliberately but detectives are not looking for anyone in connection with the incident.

Inquests into the three deaths will be held in March.

Posting on a Facebook page set up following the fatal fire, heartbroken Claire said: “I have made a decision to hold a concert in Jack and Paul’s memory this October.

“All the proceeds are going to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice who support and enrich the lives of children who have life limiting illnesses, along with their families.

“The last words Jack, Paul and I spoke to each other was of love and I would like to share some of this back to this wonderful community of ours who have shown such support to me.

“I taught my children that life is not just about what you receive but what you can also give to others.

“Bluebell Wood Hospice is an incredible place of positivity and happiness but when the time comes they offer the care and support for the families to be able to hold their child or teenager when their final moments are near and comforts them in the dark moments they face ahead.”

Claire added: “Although Paul was only nine he had raised £500 for Barnsley Hospice through his running club and Jack was always helping the younger bands through his trumpet playing and was always encouraging others.”