DONATIONS to a fund to help two teenagers are continuing to come in, thanks to the support of businesses and readers.
The Day Trust Fund, which was set up by our sister title, the Melton Times, with the full support of the Mercury, has now reached just under £11,250.
The money will go to help Kimberley Day, 15, and her brother Adam, 14, who were injured in an incident at their home in Melton in December. Their parents Toby and Sam and sister Genevieve, six, were killed, and it is believed their father was responsible for the attack.
Travis Perkins in Station Approach, Oakham, is running a raffle until the end of February in aid of the fund.
Manager Adam Lowe has already made a personal donation to the fund. He also requested the company make a donation, which then paid in £500 to the fund.
Mr Lowe, who is a Special constable in Oakham, worked with former Oakham policeman Toby about six years ago.
He said: “I normally give my time to help people but I felt so strongly about this that I wanted to help financially. This is close to my heart.”
Mr Lowe and his team have collected raffle prizes, including a stay at Stapleford Park, meals at Barnsdale Lodge and the Olive Branch in Clipsham, a hamper from Mars Petcare and vouchers. Tickets costing £1 each are available from Travis Perkins.
Chiropodist and podiatrist Oliver Davies, who runs Neat Feet in Mill Street, Oakham, raised more than £500 for the fund by working on his 48th birthday on Monday last week.
He donated patients’ fees to the fund and they also gave an extra £114 to add to the total.
Mr Davies said: “I normally take the day off on my birthday so I wouldn’t have earned anything.
“I live in Melton and work in Oakham so I’ve heard a lot about what happened and I just wanted to do my bit to help.”
The Regal Cinema in King Street, Melton, is holding a special screening of The Muppets (U) in aid of the fund after Disney agreed to waive its fees.
Tickets for the showing on Sunday, February 12, at 1pm cost £5 and are available to buy from the Melton Times office in Nottingham Street.
Cheques made payable to “Day Trust Fund Kimberley and Adam” can still be brought into the Mercury office in Sheep Market, Stamford.