Barnsley blaze mum gets tattoo made with tragic sons’ ashes

Claire Throssell with her sons Jack and Paul
Claire Throssell with her sons Jack and Paul

The heartbroken mum of two young boys killed after a horror blaze has used some of their ashes in a new tattoo.

Claire Throssell - formerly Sykes - has had the words infinity and beyond - the last words her sons Jack, aged 12, and Paul, aged nine, said to her - tattooed onto her chest.

Claire, aged 42, claims her estranged husband Darren, 44, killed their children after luring them into the attic of his home with a new train set and then starting the fire.

Darren and Paul perished in the blaze in Tennyson Close, Penistone in October. Jack initially survived for five days before succumbing to his injuries.

Writing on a Facebook page she set up after the fire, Claire - who has now reverted back to her maiden name - said she was proud of the tattoo.

She wrote: “Today I need to thank two very special people - they know who they are as I have had my tattoo done with some of my precious boys’ ashes mixed in with the ink.

“The words within my tattoo include the last words Jack and Paul said to me.

“The care and respect and sheer kindness shown to me today goes beyond words and I now carry a part of my boys within me close to my heart forever.

“I nurtured and carried them within me for the first nine months of their life and now I have only to touch my chest and I can feel close to them once more.

“This is something nobody can take away from me and I am so, so proud of it just like I was of my boys.”

Penistone residents have raised more than £4,100 to support Claire as she attempts to rebuild her shattered life.

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