TWO teenagers who tragically lost their parents and younger sister have sent a personal message of thanks to Mercury readers for the “incredible love and support” they’ve received.
Kimberley and Adam Day say they have been overwhelmed by the community’s response after their dad Toby, mum Samantha and six-year-old sister Genevieve died following an incident at the then family home in Robin Crescent, Melton, on December 8.
Within days our sister title the Melton Times had set up a trust fund for Kimberley and Adam, now aged 15 and 14, and to date a magnificent £16,367.34 has been donated. The appeal, which will run until the first anniversary of the tragedy, will assist with their future education and give them some financial security as they enter adulthood.
Kimberley and Adam decided to convey their heartfelt thanks now as they have themselves just presented £1,250 collected at the time of the funerals and a subsequent thanksgiving service to various charities and good causes.
They have handed over £500 to the youth centre at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where they were treated for nine days after the incident.
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and the Leicestershire branch of the Samaritans have both received £200 and All Saints’ Church, Oakham, and St Peter and St Paul Church, Market Overton, £175 each.
Kimberley and Adam said: “It was difficult going back to QMC but wonderful to see the nursing staff again and thank them.
“We also want to thank all those who have sent their best wishes and supported the trust fund. It’s incredible what people have done for us.
“The support and love that we and both families have received has been amazing. We have been really touched by it all and are just so thankful.”
The teenagers also thanked their police liaison officer for her ongoing support.