Kind-hearted community raises money for grieving mum whose sons died in horror blaze in Barnsley

Claire Sykes with her children Jack and Paul
Claire Sykes with her children Jack and Paul
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Kind-hearted residents in a South Yorkshire community rocked by a horror blaze which killed two young brothers have started a fundraising campaign to help their devastated mum.

So far £2,348 has been raised to support Claire Sykes as she attempts to rebuild her shattered life following the deaths of her sons Jack, aged 12 and Paul, nine.

The young brothers died after a fire broke out in their father Darren’s home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, last month.

Police and fire investigators found that the fire had been started deliberately, with Claire blaming her estranged husband, who also died, for the blaze.

An internet-based fundraising page set up to support Claire says: “Brothers Jack and Paul Sykes were killed in a house fire, started deliberately in their hometown of Penistone.

“Their mother Claire is left to grieve her only children, along with the community, who share her pain.

“This fund has been started by members of the community in order to support Claire during this most difficult of times, with any financial burdens to be incurred in the coming months.”

Writing on a Facebook page she set up after the fire, Claire said she was ‘overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity’ shown to her ‘in so many ways’ over recent weeks.

“It’s no secret that I have nothing left except for my dignity and pride,” she said.

“Thanks to your generosity I can only try to carry on for the sake of my boys and make them proud.

“My boys were my life which is now broken but with the love of my family and friends it can be bandaged back together never fully whole or complete, just different.”