Grieving Barnsley mum urges people to follow their dreams

Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul
Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul
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The grieving mum of two young boys killed after a blaze at their father’s home is urging people to spend the New Year following their dreams.

Claire Throssell - formerly Sykes - used her Facebook page to issue the plea as she tries to comes to terms with the loss of her sons - Jack, aged 12 and Paul, nine - who perished after a blaze at their father Darren’s home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, in October.

Paul and his 44-year-old father died on the day of fire, and Jack lost his fight for life five days later.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the blaze.

Ms Throssell, who was separated from Darren, said: “I hope everyone has had a good Christmas with the people you love and care about the most.

“I know people have mixed views on celebrating the New Year depending on their own situations in life. I have made the decision this year not to celebrate the New Year, however, I wish everyone else a happy and successful 2015.

“But if you have dreams or adventures planned or thoughts of what you would like to do, don’t put them off. Take every chance and opportunity offered to make them come true.”

She described her life as ‘devastation’ in another post in which she thanked those who have donated £4,168 to help her re-build her life in a new house.

A fundraising page has been set up on her behalf.

She said: “Heartfelt thanks to everyone out there who has helped me by making a donation - it will all go towards buying a small house and sorting the devastation that is my life at the moment.

“I have many mountains to climb but I will take a small step at a time.”

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