Hundreds raised to help teenagers

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HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for an appeal to help a brother and sister whose parents and younger sister died.

The Day Trust Fund was set up to help Kimberley Day, 15, and her brother Adam, 13, following the deaths of their parents Toby, a former Oakham policeman, and Samantha and sister Genevieve, six, at their home in Robin Crescent, Melton.

So far, the fund has raised more than £2,400.

The appeal was launched by the Rutland and Stamford Mercury’s sister title the Melton Times but we are backing the appeal wholeheartedly.

Well-wishers have brought in cheques totalling £150 to the Mercury office.

Kimberley and Adam both suffered stab wounds in the incident, which happened on Thursday, December 8, but have been released from hospital and will spend Christmas with relatives.

Police are investigating the incident but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident

They will not be formally interviewed by police until after Christmas.

A fundraising event was held in Braunston at the weekend. It was organised by Megan Smith, a year 8 pupil at Catmose College, where Kimberley and Adam are both pupils.

A group of young people aged between 12 and 15 entertained villagers with carols, including pupils from Uppingham Community College and Casterton Business and Enterprise College.

Megan’s proud mum Amy Smith, of Knossington Road, Braunston, said the event raised £200 for the Day Trust Fund.

The trust fund, which has the backing of the families of Sam and Toby, will be used to aid the children through their recovery.

It has been set up at Melton Mowbray Building Society, which has a branch in High Street, Oakham, and the account number is NIC3354993DAY.

You can also make a donation at your own bank quoting sort code 40-32-14 account 10572780 and then the trust fund number above.

Or send a cheque payable to “Day Trust Fund Kimberley and Adam” and send it c/o the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Sheep Market, Stamford.

If you’re organising a fundraising event for Kimberley and Adam, call our newsdesk on 01780 750436 or e-mail smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk.