A GRIEVING family hit by a double tragedy following the death of a second child say they have been overwhelmed by the care and of the local community in the weeks following their loss.
Jayne Hurditch, whose daughter Molly died last month after suffering a huge epileptic seizure, and her family said the response from friends, neighbours and strangers had been amazing.
Molly’s death at the age of 17 followed that of Jayne’s oldest daughter Amy 12 years ago. She died aged just eight from meningitis.
One of Sheffield’s best-loved charities, Amy’s House, was then set up in her memory - with her little sister Molly, who lived with special needs and various disabilities, providing the inspiration behind it after her grandfather Maurice Littlewood watched Jayne struggle to access support locally.
Jayne, aged 46 and from Handsworth, said she and her dad, along with mum Merial and other members of her family, had been touched by the support they had received following the latest tragedy.
“We have received upwards of 200 cards since Molly died,” she said, “and lots and lots of donations towards the work of Amy’s House which is wonderful.
“The care and support we have received has been overwhelming - we’ve had letters and text messages too and people offering to help in any way they can.
“It’s been absolutely amazing the way the local community has stepped up.
“We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has shown us such love and support and let them know how much we appreciate it as a family.”
Visit www.amyshouse.org.uk for more information about the charity.