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Brave orphan brothers

£4,220 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 2 months
Created November 18, 2018
34642728_1542547273967849_r.jpegMy lovely sister (pictured above) passed away from ovarian cancer just 6 years when her beloved boys were only 9yrs and 12yrs old.

Very sadly lightening has struck twice and the boy's father died on 12th November 2018.  He was diagnosed with terminal cancer over a year ago and the family have been struggling for a while. The boys are just 15yrs and 19yrs and need immediate help as there was no financial provision for them. They are left in the home they were born in that requires urgent repairs and has a mortgage on it which needs to be paid in the short term.

The eldest has had difficulties with education ever since he lost his mum, being diagnosed with autism and is now trapped in his room. The youngest has done well with high grades predicted for his GCSE's but has very much been a young carer. Wise beyond his years he is understandably worried about his future and feels responsible for his brother whom he also speaks for.

I am fundraising to help them have a future. In the short-term we are focussing on keeping a roof over their heads, bills paid, a warm coat on their backs, a mobile phone & the internet, repairs to their home, money for Christmas, educational activites and maybe some fun.

If you can help in anyway I would be very grateful.
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Update 9
Posted by Ruth Cornish
11 days ago
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Happy New Year everyone! I wanted to give you an update on the boys. They had a good Christmas and are now focussing on the future. The youngest is studying for his GCSE's this year and getting ready to head off to his new school in Surrey in September where he will board. During the school holidays it looks likely he will be able to return home to his foster family which will be wonderful for him.

On that note we have spent some of the fund! We have paid for the youngest to join a family holiday abroad with his new foster family after his GCSE's. We are also going to pay for him to do some fencing lessons. He has had some free ones (arranged by his foster carer) and we are going to pay for him to continue this new hobby which he can also continue when he goes away to school.

We meet with the eldest and his Social workers this week to see how we the family can support him - as he is an adult. Sadly as the house has to be sold he is understandably worried about where he will live. We also want to see if we can identify anything 'fun or interesting' that he'd like to do that the fund can support him on. However we will also be ensuring that he is set up in any new home (new bed etc). We hope he can register for college in September so he has something ahead when his brother goes away to school.

The boys see each other regularly with the youngest staying over with his brother.

Thank you for supporting the boys. Their father died less than 2 months ago and they are still very much processing the massive change to their lives. Knowing that people care is really important.

Please share this page to help us continue to raise funds to support the boys.
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Update 8
Posted by Ruth Cornish
1 month ago
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Wow! We have reached £4,000. This is wonderful and so kind and generous of everyone who has donated. It saddens me that we must defend our fundraising for the boys. Locally an individually has posted some unkind and extremely judgemental comments on Facebook that the families of the boys have’ let them down badly’ by fundraising. We are accused of throwing money at the problem and not offering emotional support. We are also criticised for listening to their wishes to remain in Devon where they were born. We wanted to reassure everyone that has donated to this fundraising campaign that every penny is for the boys. The families on both sides will discuss how it is used as you’d expect. We are a scattered family and not local so are doing our best to support the boys at such a sad time. Knowing that people in the community care is amazing. Thank you.
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Update 7
Posted by Ruth Cornish
1 month ago
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Thank you for all tour kind donations. Since we last updated you, we’ve had good news that our youngest nephew has been offered a place at a private school in Surrey to study his A levels. He is now with a lovely foster carer who is committed to developing a long term relationship with him. His brother is home alone and currently very anxious about his future and money. Being able to tell him this fund us here is great. Thank you for all you have done so far.
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Update 6
Posted by Ruth Cornish
1 month ago
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Thank you so much for your donations. The boys are doing well and we are proud of them. The youngest is now with a lovely foster family while his older brother remains alone in the family home. He is especially keen to live independently so this fund remains critical. Both boys need essential items including clothes and the fund will support this. Thank you for donating and sharing and caring.
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Raised by 73 people in 2 months
Created November 18, 2018
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